Chappellet Winery has been crafting wine for over 50 years. It has always been a Cabernet Sauvignon house, but hiding in the shadows is its stellar Cabernet Franc. Made of Cabernet Franc with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% each of Malbec and Petite Verdot, this is a generous wine, popping with red and black berry flavor and giving you something different, something softer, smoother and more approachable.
There are strong notes of blackberry, black cherry, boysenberry, sweet vanilla, smoke and anise make the wine in your glass immensely drinkable. There’s a terrific acidity that supports the 22 months aging in French oak, 60% of which were new barrels. It’s an enjoyable and complete wine, something that will work for everyone given its mild tannins and ubiquitous flavors.
Score: 92 Points
What’s Its SRP? $85/ 750ML
What Can I Pair it With? Cast iron beef tips with mushroom-onion gravy; Coq au Vin; Roast lamb with rosemary and garlic.