2018 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon
‘Signature’ Napa Valley
WSI 95+ Points
WOW! The perfect balance. Intense cassis, dark currants, deep and supple mouthfeel—perfect integration of subtle wood presence with coffee and mocha notes lingering forever! This is stunning.
Wine Spectrum honors Chappellet ‘Signature’ Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2018 as the #1 Wine of the Year. Chappellet ‘Signature’ Cabernet delivers great value and has sold incredibly well—Chappellet’s style is consistently balanced and elegant. The stunning ‘Signature’ Cabernet has been Chappellet’s flagship wine for more than three decades. The dry, rocky soils of Pritchard Hill produce small, intensely flavorful grapes. ‘Signature’ is a benchmark for the long-lived hillside wines of the Napa Valley; full of structure and aging potential, yet seductively forward in its concentrated varietal character.
“The ‘Signature’ Cabernet is stunning. Chappellet has a reputation for consistently producing quality wines. Wine Spectrum honored winemaker Phillip Titus previously for 2018’s Winemaker of the Year. His winemaking prowess is legendary. Congratulations to the Chappellet team for this beautiful wine.” —Glenn Siegel Wine Spectrum Founder and President
The #1 Wine of 2020 is the 2018 Chappellet ‘Signature’ Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
When Donn and Molly Chappellet founded Chappellet Vineyard in 1967, their goal was to create world-class wines with the depth, complexity and character of the finest first growth Bordeaux. Unlike the other great emerging Napa Valley wineries of the day, Chappellet chose a different path from its contemporaries, looking beyond the valley floor towards the steep, rugged hillsides of Pritchard Hill. There, the Chappellets established a renowned vineyard program with an emphasis on cultivating California’s finest hillside Cabernet Sauvignon. Chappellet’s winemaker Phillip Titus is best known for crafting the impeccable wines at Chappellet for nearly three decades, Titus has left a multitude of world class wines in his wake. Countless 99 & 100 point wines would be enough for some winemakers, but not Philip Titus.
A classic expression of hillside Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this luxurious wine displays concentrated aromas of ripe black cherry, cassis and dark chocolate, along with oak-inspired notes of espresso, cinnamon, clove and cigar box. On the supple, mouth-filling palate, elegantly refined tannins underscore the rich dark berry and blackcurrant flavors, with hints of nutmeg, anise and cedar adding sophistication to the long, voluptuous finish. The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon has been Chappellet’s flagship wine for more than three decades. It is a benchmark for the long-lived hillside wines of the Napa Valley; full of structure and aging potential, yet seductively forward in its varietal character. The dry, rocky soils of Pritchard Hill produce small, intensely flavorful grapes. Crop thinning allows for full, even ripening and further elevates flavor complexity.
Congratulations Team Chappellet for Top Wine of the Year!