Chappellet Chardonnay Napa 2009

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Chappellet's Napa Valley Chardonnay is produced from fruit grown in the coolest regions of Napa Valley. Overlooking t...

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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 blac... Read more

Light nail polish notes initially on the nose. Then, anise and cassis. Primary flavors of blackberry and cherry jam. Fair oak, big alcohol right... Read more

The BEST Napa cab available in both quality and value, period. Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Chappellet Chardonnay Napa

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065184,854
4.50 5
05/13/2013

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


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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.50 5
07/07/2012

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


Snooth User: Leila Faghani
112055835
5.00 5
07/20/2012

The BEST Napa cab available in both quality and value, period.


Snooth User: EMark
8478044,748
3.00 5
04/07/2012

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.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.50 5
06/25/2011

Nicely integrated oak. Great flavor and a light toasty finish. - Tasted at winery 12/30/10


External Reviews for Chappellet Chardonnay Napa

External Review
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
05/23/2011

Tasted in the Spring of 2009, this Chard was immature, marked by fresh fruit acidity and flavors, as well as unintegrated oak. But it's quite good, and just needs time to allow the grilled pineapple, crème brûlée and buttered toast flavors to come together with the alcohol. Best 2010-2013.


External Review
05/23/2011

A delicious young Chardonnay that features layers of ripe, spicy pear, fig and honeydew melon, hints of hazelnut, nutmeg and citrus rind, and a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2008.


External Review
05/23/2011

A smooth, rich, creamy style with layers of complex pear, honey, vanilla and nutmeg. Full-bodied, with excellent depth and purity of flavors and a lingering finish. Drink now through 2008.


External Review
05/20/2011

WS: 90 Points


External Review
07/11/2011

Fresh, vibrant and tightly wound, with a citrus edge to the green apple flavors. Full-bodied, ending with a dash of herb and smoke. Best from 2012 through 2018.


External Review
05/23/2011

One of the finest offerings from Chappellet I have tasted in years, this 1996 Chardonnay exhibits attractive buttery, honeyed fruit, and spicy, toasty oak aromas. An intensely-flavored, medium to full-bodied wine with high quality subtle oak, excellent purity, and good texture, this Chardonnay should be drunk over the next 1-2 years, although it may last longer given its structure and depth. Bravo to Chappellet!


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Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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.

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