2012 Chappellet Napa Valley Cabernet FrancBlend from United States
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"The 2012 vintage has yielded a beautifully concentrated expression of mountain-grown Cabernet Franc that is both elegant and powerful. Aromas of ripe berry, cherry and dark ch...
- 94 Wine Enthusiast
- 92 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
94 Wine Enthusiast
"Thick and rich in black sugarplum, this memorable Pritchard Hill-grown red is lovely and bold, velvety in texture with a softness to the firm, integrated tannin. Dried herb and spice provide memorable seasonings amidst a larger theater of dark chocolate, leather, clove and pepper."
92 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
"Dark red cherries, plums, smoke, mocha, pine and tobacco are all laced together in the 2012 Cabernet Franc. Dark, powerful and intense, the 2012 shows the more brooding side of the vintage. Chappellet's Cabernet Franc is more of a wine of place than of variety, partly because it is best described as a Cabernet Franc-based blend. Firm tannins support the muscular finish, but there is more than enough fruit to provide balance. Savory herbs and floral overtone add the final layers of complexity. In 2012 the blend includes 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec."
"The 2012 vintage has yielded a beautifully concentrated expression of mountain-grown Cabernet Franc that is both elegant and powerful. Aromas of ripe berry, cherry and dark chocolate leap from the glass, followed by more nuanced notes of cedar, clove, leather, coffee, rosemary and white pepper. The palate is plush and complex, with supple, mouthfilling tannins and flavors of earth, graphite and minerals underscoring alluring layers of blackberry, espresso and chocolate." -Winery
94 - Wine Enthusiast
92 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec|
|Taste||tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast, tar, lead, cedar, molasses, dark fruit, earth, green and mocha|
|Nose||tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, mocha, vanilla and spice|