JS 93 WS 93 Vinous 93 WA 91 WE 91 Pts - According to James Suckling - "Aromas of dark fruits, minerals and flowers follow through to a full body with firm tannins and a fresh and fruity finish. Intense yet balance and stylish. Drink it. Or age. Yes."
According to the Wine Spectator - "A classy and classic Napa Cabernet, dark-colored, with rich black - berry, black licorice, cedar, tobacco and dusty, loamy earth notes. The brightness and density of the red and dark berry fruit gives this an immediate charm. Drink now through 2030."
According to Antonio Galloni - "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is fabulous. Dark red cherries, plums, smoke, savory herbs and wild flowers race across the palate in a bright, aromatically lifted Cabernet Sauvignon endowed with gorgeous precision and nuance. Distinctly ferrous and savory notes add nuance to the radiant, generous 2012 fruit. Dollops of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec round out the blend. The Cabernet Sauvignon is partly made from purchased fruit. It is also one of the very best wines readers will find in its price range."
According to Robert Parker - "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Donn Chappellet Signature possesses a dense ruby/purple color, beautiful blueberry and blackberry fruit, and great elegance allied to considerable richness and power. This stunning wine can be drunk now or over the next 12-15+ years. It is a beauty of purity and symmetry."
According to Wine Enthusiast - "The historic Pritchard Hill producer swings for the fences with this Cab, intense in black cherry, blackberry and cedar. Hard to penetrate on first try, it demands cellaring to soften its wall of hearty tannins, the merest hint of chocolate-coffee begging to break out. Lushly powerful and complex, it can be enjoyed through 2027." Cellar Selection!
Tasting Notes - "This is an amazingly rich, complex and satisfying wine filled with plush, ripe fruit and abundant spice. On the nose, enticing layers of dark cherry and blackberry combine with rich Bordeaux aromatics of sweet tobacco and cedar. Elements of chocolate and roasted coffee add a hedonistic dimension, with underlying new oak providing sweetness and elegant spice. The palate is broad and mouthfilling, with flavors of juicy, dark fruit, black currant, espresso and bittersweet chocolate. Supple, layered tannins accentuate this wine’s velvety richness and weight, while carrying it through to a long, seamless finish." 14.9% ABV.