2019 Chappellet Cabernet Franc Napa Valley

$114.95

Cabernet Franc thrives on Chappellet’s volcanic soils, making for a ripe, concentrated wine with impeccable balance between strength and grace.Aromas of red currant, black cherry, graphite and black tea grab you by the collar before making way for the vanilla, cedar and clove just behind. The palate is plush and silken with luxurious flavors of ripe berry framed in fine-grained tannins and earthy, savory richness. The long, sophisticated finish lingers on sage, coffee and cigar leaf.

If you asked us for our list of Napa Valley wineries currently making the highest quality, most complete, most consistent, most interesting, most ageworthy wines for the money, Chappellet Winery would be at the top. Consider all the metrics: track record, intrinsic quality, taste of the soil, availability, quality-price rapport, freshness, and visceral excitement. Is this the finest winery, top-to-bottom, in the Napa Valley? Why are the wines so good? First, take a great terroir: volcanic terraces high on Pritchard Hill that were first planted in 1882. It’s no accident that Colgin, Continuum, and Bryant Family set up shop in the neighborhood. Then we have 47 years of accumulated knowledge from some of the best winemaking talent the valley has ever seen: Philip Togni, Joe Cafaro, Tony Soter, Cathy Corison and finally Philip Corallo-Titus, who has been at the winemaking helm since 1990. And finally there’s the huge Chappellet family, dedicated as a team to farm great grapes and make superb wines since 1968.

Varietal:
Cabernet Franc
Winemaker:
Phillip Corallo-Titus
Vintage:
2019
Aging:
22 Months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak barrels (60% new)
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
78% Cabernet Franc, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, 2% Petite Verdot, 2% Merlot
Alcohol %:
14.5%
Score Wine Advocate:
95
SKU #:
1048576
Size:
750 ml Bottle
WA95

Wine Advocate

The 2019 Cabernet Franc is a blend of 78% Cabernet Franc, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose springs forth with notions of blueberry preserves, redcurrant jelly and boysenberries, plus wafts of bay leaves, pencil shavings and red roses. The palate is a medium to full-bodied, tightly knit, structured style with a ripe, fine-grained and refreshing line supporting the bright red and blue fruits, finishing with fantastic length.