Chappellet Estate Chardonnay 2012

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Chappellet 2012 Chardonnay ''Estate'' is 100% Chardonnay from select, elite vineyards in the Napa Valley aged eight months in French oak barrels (one-third new). This California white offers concentrated, layered aromas of fresh fruit, clove, nutmeg, vanilla and toast on the nose. On the palate, fresh flavors of peach and citrus fruit, creme fraiche and quince with great defnition and texture, lively acidity and a long finish.

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
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RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.

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Editorial Reviews for Chappellet Estate Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,086
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 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


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Snooth User: EMark
8478046,106
2.00 5
09/28/2014

This is a bit difficult for me because I like this winery, very much, and I have enjoyed multiple vintages of their chardonnay in the past. That being said, this one is very heavily oak and, to my way of thinking, carries the buttery characteristic much too far. I guess I am showing another of my prejudices when I report that it lacks acid to give it the refreshing quality that I seek in white wines. All that being said, I can’t say that there are any faults in this wine. I’m pretty much neutral about it.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,086
4.60 5
Vintage: 2011 11/15/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: torbjorn222
1400802135
0.00 5
Vintage: 2011 02/05/2014

92



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Chappellet 2012 Chardonnay ''Estate'' is 100% Chardonnay from select, elite vineyards in the Napa Valley aged eight months in French oak barrels (one-third new). This California white offers concentrated, layered aromas of fresh fruit, clove, nutmeg, vanilla and toast on the nose. On the palate, fresh flavors of peach and citrus fruit, creme fraiche and quince with great defnition and texture, lively acidity and a long finish.

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