Although there were many excellent wines in the mix that day, the best by far was the last (and most expensive at $60), cabernet sauvignon, Chappellet 2012.
If you've ever experienced that feeling of your eyes rolling back in your head when you taste a really good wine, then you'll have some hint of what it's like to sample this jewel. Dark cherries roll across the palate like velvet, accompanied by smokey plum and blackberries. Lush and rich, the flavors burst forth in a kaleidoscope of flavors--assaulting the senses in the most pleasurable way possible. What can I say, but ....oh, wow!
Chappellet comes from the Chappellet family vineyards in Napa, California, where they've produced wines since 1969.
If you buy one wine this month, make it the Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon. Your tastebuds will thank you for it!
(My stepfather and I happily savoring Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon 2012)