- Chappellet Mountain Cuvee (Cabernet Blend) 2014 Product #31226 (In Stock)
While Chappellet doesn't make this wine, their "introductory cuvee," available for critics to review, it's always one of the very best values in California. And, as Antonio Galloni noted last year, the Chappellet wines are just getting better. "Quality is on the rise at Chappellet, one of the most historic wineries in Napa Valley. Winemaker Philip Corallo-Titus credits new state of the art optical sorting equipment for much of the upswing in quality. Corallo-Titus adds that the recently built new winery also allows him to keep temperatures low during aging and therefore use less SO2... There is no question the newer wines at Chappellet are terrific."
Mountain Cuvee was created to provide immediate satisfaction and delight, all delivered in spades by this outstanding 2014. This year it's 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% Malbec, 11% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. The large slug of Malbec is something of a Chappellt trademark and brings unusual freshness to this big, rich, wine with layers of currant, black cherry, blackberry, plum, cedar, smoke, and fresh herb aromas and flavors. The texture is plush and velvety, with the ripe fruit largely hiding the ripe tannins that provide support for enjoying with food or time in cellar. Delicious stuff.