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Ok I finally some 1999 Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Cab. Nice dark purple coloration with spice and cedar aromas. Full fleshy mouthfeel with good fruit, black cherry and dark plum notes predominating. There is some moderate acidity at mid-palette. Finishes nicely with moderate but firm tannins. For me it was a bit off balance with the acidity but not by much. Might come together better with short-term cellaring. Interestingly I did not find any of the mocha and coffee flavors from prior vintages. Still I would give it 87 points with a decent QPR. Paid $15.99 at Costco
I bought this yesterday (Wine Library = $18) and cracked it open tonight.

tonester - You hit this pretty much on target. My first thoughts were - typical, good mountain fruit, high acidity, and firm tannins (typical of the 1999 vintage I hear). Nice long finish.

Still, I'm a big fan of mountain cabernets and at $18, this wine is a buy in my book. If I weren't in the midst of a wine-budget crisis (all these darned mailers!), I'd buy much more.

When I crack a weekday wine - this is exactly what I want.


Short's ratio = 4.89 (Score / Price)

Time for a new thread so I can properly describe my idea...

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