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Chappellet Chardonnay Napa 2009
Chappellet's Napa Valley Chardonnay is produced from fruit grown in the coolest regions of Napa Valley. Overlooking the San Pablo Bay, Kelly Ranch receives the benefits of the Bay's marine influences, creating optimal growing conditions for Chardonnay. Shallow soils composed of clay and gravel support low vigor vines with yields of only 2.5 tons per acre. The wine was aged on its lees for eight months in one-third new French oak barrels. For added texture and viscosity, a majority of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. Not yet reviewed; 2008 vintage rated 91 points by Wine Spectator.
Editorial Reviews for Chappellet Chardonnay Napa
Dense and oaky at first with buttery notes and a deep whiff of coconut which integrates with air, allowing the pure core of simple yet intense black cherry and mineral fruit to emerge with time. Starting off a bit hollow, this fills in in the glass, showing freshly crushed black currant and black cherry fruit supported by earthy and medicinal flavors. The wood is present but well-judged and lessing in impact over the course of the evening. Not the best wine tonight but the wine with the best potential for improvement in the cellar. Give this three to five years and it should show quite well. 91pts
Light nail polish notes initially on the nose. Then, anise and cassis. Primary flavors of blackberry and cherry jam. Fair oak, big alcohol right now as well as strong acid and tannin. This will age it nicely, but it's pretty big up front. Decant. Very dry. Currant and creme de cassis throughout the palate. Rich and powerful cab. 91 pts. 7/7/12
The BEST Napa cab available in both quality and value, period.
Pretty straw color in the glass. Light vanilla nose. Very nice drinking wine. Table grapes flavor. Would be nicer if it had a tad mor= acid, but, you know, that's the way I am. Not a big oaky chard, but it went nicely with our grilled ahi tuni... US$24.99 at Total Wine.
Nicely integrated oak. Great flavor and a light toasty finish. - Tasted at winery 12/30/10
External Reviews for Chappellet Chardonnay Napa
Dense and a touch rustic, with chewy tannins, crushed rock, dried berry, sage and savory flavors. Maintains its firm, tight focus and appears built for the long haul. Best from 2013 through 2027.
The depth and complexity that mark the spectacular 2009 growing season are fully on display in this wine, with head-turning aromatics of black currant, cherry, plum and violet leaping out of the glass before revealing subtler notes of cinnamon, clove, espresso, cocoa and anise. On the palate, the tannins are large, yet velvety, supporting voluptuous layers of blackberry, bing cherry, cassis and baking spices. Oak-inspired notes of caramelized brown sugar and molasses add additional nuance, while leading to a plush, lingering finish. - WineryWINE STATISTICSGrapes:Cabernet Sauvignon 76%Malbec 11%Merlot 9%Petit Verdot 4%September 14 through October 12, 2009 25-28.6 ° Brix at HarvestAlcohol- 14.9 % TA- 0.59 g/100 mlpH- 3.76Bottled on July 22, 2011 ** Only 3 in Stock **
It is a benchmark for the long-lived hillside wines of the Napa Valley; full of structure and aging potential, yet seductively forward in its concentrated varietal character. The dry, rocky soils of Pritchard Hill produce small, intensely flavorful grapes.
A fancy, rich Chardonnay, made in the California style. Chappellet has a good track record of producing 90-plus Chardonnays, and this ’09 continues that tradition. It’s rich in pineapple jam, Asian pear and sweet, oaky vanilla flavors, balanced with good acidity and a hint of minerality.
Inviting aromas of apple fruit and lusty, appealing buttery, toasty oak. Handsome blend of apple, peach, pear and vanilla flavors on the well-rounded palate. Finish displays an engaging perfume with spicy accents.
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is another striking wine. The 2009 doesn’t have the bombastic fruit of the 2010, instead, it stands out for the silkiness of its tannin and pure length. The 2009 Signature is classy and refined from the very first taste. All the elements are beautifully in place in this mid-weight Cabernet. The 2009 is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 9% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2017–2029.
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