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Chappellet Chardonnay Napa Valley 2010

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Blended around a core of Cabernet, but also includes a significant amount of Merlot to add suppleness and fruit. The 2010 Cervantes is dark and concentrated, with aromas of ripe cherry, berry fruit, cola, cedar and coffee, with supporting notes of sweet oak, anise and cassis. This full-bodied wine is packed with radiant tannins, mouthfilling sweet fruit, chocolate and baking spices. 2010 has produced a cellar-worthy Cervantes that will gain complexity with additional aging.

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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
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Editorial Reviews for Chappellet Chardonnay Napa Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,190
4.00 5
12/18/2012

Very aromatic with heather top notes over a base of lemon oil, butter, smoky grilled peaches, mango and hickory smoked aromas. Smooth, soft and opulent in the mouth, the low acidity here lends this a sweetness in the mouth that accentuates the ripe flavors of apple, pear and pineapple. Plenty of nutty and honey tones add complexity on the midpalate, with a touch of herbs and some waxiness popping on the moderately long, lemon citrusy finish which shows some heat. 89pts Acidity: Medium Low Perceived Sweetness: Low Oak: Medium Low Spicy Flavors: Low Savory Flavors: Medium Fruity Flavors: Medium Intensity of Flavor: Medium High Weight in Mouth: Medium High


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Snooth User: EMark
8478046,112
3.50 5
01/12/2014

Very big nose with flowery, and fruit hits. A Big wine for a Napa Valley Chardonnay--more oaky vanilla or ML butter than I normally like. Also, not as acidic as I normally like. The best part is how it fills the mouth with flavor. This is going to go well with tonights roasted chicken. US$24.99 at Wine Club in Santa Ana


External Reviews for Chappellet Chardonnay Napa Valley

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/01/2013

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is a dark, mysterious beauty endowed with considerable depth and richness. Mocha, chocolate, spices and plums fuse together gracefully as this soft, supple wine takes shape in the glass. I very much like the imme... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2010 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Napa 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

This effort is similar to Chappellets past vintages, with citrus and tropical fruit flavors, tastefully accented by oak and brightened with a squeeze of lemony acidity. - S.H. Wine Enthusiast. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2010 Chappellet Chardonnay 750ml


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
02/05/2013

Opening with expressive notes of blackberry, cherry and cassis, this wine is full-bodied and rich. Hints of chocolate and espresso layer with spicy oak for added complexity. Smooth tannins infused with ripe sweet fruit create a lush, supple texture. Rich waves of berry, spice and herbs create a lasting impression of finesse and structure in this Cabernet.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/17/2013

This effort is similar to Chappellet s past vintages with citrus and tropical fruit flavors tastefully accented by oak and brightened with a squeeze of lemony acidity. - S.H. Wine Enthusiast.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/27/2012

A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2010 Chappellet Chardonnay 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/03/2013

Combines richness with density and a tight core of pear, melon, green apple and light cedary oak flavors. This is raw and young, so give it time. The finish is complex, layered and nuanced. Drink now through 2018. -JL Wine Spectator. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2010 Chappellet Chardonnay 750ml


External Review
01/03/2013

Chappellet Cabernet 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.


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Tasting Notes:

The 2010 CERVANTES is dark and concentrated, with lovely aromas of ripe cherry, berry fruit, cola, cedar and coffee. Supporting notes of sweet oak, anise and cassis add brightness and nuance to the nose. On the palate, this full-bodied wine is packed with radiant tannins, mouthfilling sweet fruit, chocolate and baking spices. Though eminently drinkable now for its flashy youthfulness, 2010 has also produced a cellar-worthy CERVANTES that will gain complexity with additional aging.

Blended around a core of Cabernet, but also includes a significant amount of Merlot to add suppleness and fruit. The 2010 Cervantes is dark and concentrated, with aromas of ripe cherry, berry fruit, cola, cedar and coffee, with supporting notes of sweet oak, anise and cassis. This full-bodied wine is packed with radiant tannins, mouthfilling sweet fruit, chocolate and baking spices. 2010 has produced a cellar-worthy Cervantes that will gain complexity with additional aging.

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