2019 Chappellet Mountain Cuvee
The wines from Chappelet have consistently been some of my favorite California wines for over 25 years. The wines age well showing youth and complexity through the years. For this review I will take you through an amazing journey of three different varietals that were so good that I wish for our readers to seek out and try some of these beautifully made wines from Chappelet. Shall we begin?
The 2019 Mountain Cuvee is a blend of Bordeaux grape varieties of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc. This alluring blend displays a color of deep plum with garnet edges. In the glass, aromas of dark rich fruit, floral notes and spice reveal layers of red currant, cassis and vanilla. There is a pleasant earthiness with sage and sweet toasty oak. The palate is so creamy, displaying blueberry compote with an essence of herbs. The tannins are thick, but plush and impeccably balanced leading to a long, elegant finish. Tasted the next day, the wine showed similar flavors. The wines of Chappelet Winery have an identifiable pedigree that has developed over many years.
By Perry Miroballi