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Chappellet Chardonnay "Estate" 2011

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With a veritable sea of California chardonnay out there, it's nice to find and "old hand" like Chappellet still in the picture putting out really good juice."Pure and focused, with ripe pear, melon, white peach and floral scents. This is rich without being weighty, offering complexity and detail, gaining depth on the finish." - Wine Spectator

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Varietal: Chardonnay
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Chappellet Vineyard:
The Chappellets’ romance with Pritchard Hill started when Donn and Molly Chappellet first glimpsed its spectacular vistas. Perched 1,200 feet above the floor of the Napa Valley, the atmosphere at the Chappellet family's winery and Pritchard Hill estate vineyards is serene and peaceful. You can't help but fall in love with the breathtaking views and the gentle mountain Donn and Molly Chappellet ... Read more
The Chappellets’ romance with Pritchard Hill started when Donn and Molly Chappellet first glimpsed its spectacular vistas. Perched 1,200 feet above the floor of the Napa Valley, the atmosphere at the Chappellet family's winery and Pritchard Hill estate vineyards is serene and peaceful. You can't help but fall in love with the breathtaking views and the gentle mountain Donn and Molly Chappellet made their home. The Chappellet family has been crafting world class wines from their Pritchard Hill estate vineyards since 1967. Spurred by the notion that Bacchus loves the hills and that mountain fruit would make superior wine, Chappellet followed the advice of legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff and settled on the rocky eastern slopes of the Napa Valley. The Chappellets were the first to plant vineyards exclusively on high elevation hillsides and the second winery to be established in the Napa Valley after Prohibition. The foundation of Chappellet winemaking program is focused on creating extraordinary age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon that expresses the unique characteristics of the fruit from Pritchard Hill. The rugged terroir of Chappellet's vineyards produces wines with great intensity and depth, qualities that define the world's finest wines. For four decades Chappellet wines have received high praise from wine critics and have been sought after by the world's premier collectors. Today the six Chappellet children share their parents’ romance with Pritchard Hill's complex rocky soils and magnificent views. They are passionate about preserving the land by using sustainable farming techniques and continuing what their parents started: making extraordinary wines that express the distinctiveness of Pritchard Hill. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Chappellet Chardonnay "Estate"

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,720
4.50 5
11/15/2013

Tight on the nose and a bit youthfully grapy with fine oak framing notes and a core of lime pith and heirloom apple fruits. Tight and focused in the mouth, there’s a touch of wood spice sweetness here supporting fine, ripe apple and creamy almost peachy flavors. The texture really opens up on the mid-palate where this gains richness and power as well as a light mineral note that drives the long finish. Attractive with spiced apple flavors and subtle oak layered over the mineral notes on the long vanilla tinged finish. Elegant and rich. 92pts


Member Reviews for Chappellet Chardonnay "Estate"

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,720
4.60 5
11/15/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: torbjorn222
1400802135
0.00 5
02/05/2014

92



With a veritable sea of California chardonnay out there, it's nice to find and "old hand" like Chappellet still in the picture putting out really good juice."Pure and focused, with ripe pear, melon, white peach and floral scents. This is rich without being weighty, offering complexity and detail, gaining depth on the finish." - Wine Spectator

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