Ever wondered what the LCBO do at the end of a vintages listing with the one or two bottles that have been hanging around? Well they sell them through their web site in what they call “Bin Ends”. You buy them online and then they ship them to your local LCBO for you to pickup. Very handy. And you can get some bargains. This one was worth $60 and I picked it up for $45. I had previously tasted it at The Society for American Wines annual cab event. California cabs are by far one of my favorite wines! I cracked this one as part of New Years Eve celebration and paired it with a rack of lamb. It went exquisitely!

Dark in color with rich nose of cherries that invites you in! The mid palle matches the nose with deep rich cherries and jammy notes. It’s got some lovely dryness on the medium length finish along with some supple tannins. This is a lovely wine. I would give it a solid 91. Yummy. I still have one more of these! Yay!

From the LCBO web site (from when I bought it. Keeping detailed records of what’s in your cellar is paramount to proper cellar management!):
CHAPPELLET SIGNATURE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005 VINTAGES 704254 | 750 mL n/a Price: $ 45.00 reg $60 N/A, , 14.5% Alcohol/Vol. Release Date: Jan 28, 2009 Tasting Note Young, deep, direct and promising, this cassis-scented bottling offers aromas that are still in the nascent phase of development. Not surprisingly, the wine is tight and tannic on the palate, but it is also well-focused and awaits some patient cellaring to open up and reveal its full, layered personality. Three or four years of patient cellaring would seem to be a minimum with a decade not being that much out of order. Score – 90. (Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines, Aug. 2008) BOUGHT 2/14/2009 BIN ENDS SALE

Here’s the LCBO listing (for a different year)
Made in: California, USA By: Chappellet Vineyard
Release Date: Feb 2, 2013 14.9% Alcohol/Vol. Sugar Content: 4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

Tasting Note
Another terrific Signature Cabernet from Chappellet. This has primary blackberry and cherry-jam flavors, with an additional note of toasty oak. The tannins and acids are excellent, lending structure to the richness. The result is a wonderfully-complex Napa Cabernet that should develop over the next six years. Score – 93. (Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, July 2012)

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