Chappellet 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon "Signature Reserve" Napa Valley
The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon has been our 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 concentrated varietal character. The dry, rocky soils of Pritchard Hill produce small, intensely flavorful grapes. Crop thinning allows for full, even ripening and elevates flavor complexity.
After five years of drought, the 2017 growing season started off with record setting rainfalls that replenished the vines and pushed the growing season to a later-than-normal start. In the vineyards, we applied thoughtful canopy management techniques to achieve balanced crops with just the right amount of sunlight on the fruit. Moderately warm temperatures in late May led to a perfectly timed bloom and fruit set. With rising temperatures in the last week of August, the grapes were able to develop ideal ripeness, resulting in wines with lovely colors and aromatics accompanied by beautifully concentrated flavors.