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Chappellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard 2007
"The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill boasts glorious notes of flowers, blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, plums and incense. Full-bodied and layered with tremendous depth as well as purity and that nobility of great Cabernet Sauvignon that very few regions in the world can achieve, this youngster, although approachable and seductive now, should evolve for 25-30 more years. Statisticians may be interested in knowing that the Signature is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. The Pritchard Hill is composed of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Malbec, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Old timers (including this geezer) have long known that one of the most compelling, riveting, world-class Cabernet Sauvignons ever made in California was Chappellet’s 1969, which was made by the legendary, now reclusive Philip Togni. As evidenced by anyone who visits the region, Pritchard Hill is now a mountainside covered with vines. However, Chappellet was among the first estates to establish a presence in this region...96" WA 12/10
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Nuanced and powerful aroma, with oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and spices. The mouth is dry and smooth, sits perfectly well on the aftertaste.
loads of berry fruits, currants with bold black cherries and dark caramel on the palate
- Tasted at Wine Spectator New World Wine Experience 2010
External Reviews for Chappellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard
The impressive 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill boasts a dense purple color in addition to notes of blueberries, cassis, vanilla, and lead pencil shavings. The complex aromatics are accompanied by a medium to full-bodied, rich, structured, well-defined effort that will benefit from a few more years of cellaring. It should age for 10-15+ years.
Big and rich in the mouth, with gorgeous, velvety tannins. Offers a juicy plum and cassis core, with oak, tobacco and earth accents, and a char and cocoa note on the back end. As compelling as the flavors are, it'll be the mouthfeel that wins you over.
The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill (a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc) is the finest wine to emerge from Chappellet since the Philip Togni era (remember the exquisite 1969 Cabernet Sauvignon Togni fashioned?). A dark saturated blue/purple color is followed by tight aromatics offering up scents of blueberries, minerals, cassis, and subtle toast. It is medium to full-bodied and elegant, with sweet tannin as well as a tightly-knit, convincing finish. This wine appears to have a promising future. Although still young and unevolved, it is impressively endowed and pure. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.
Dark and immense; a big, rich, firmly tannic style that packs in lots of chewy currant, mineral, sage and wild berry flavors that fold into herb, cedar and tobacco notes. Finishes with a long, potent aftertaste that suggests short-term cellaring. Best from 2006 through 2012.
Chappellet's been making some excellent wines of late and merits a careful look. This debut bottling of the Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard couldn't have come from a better vintage. In a year when wineries were blesses with both quality and quantity, Chappellet took grapes from the Pritchard Hill Vineyard, located on the eastern slope of the Napa Valley. A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc, it's dark, ripe and concentrated, with pretty currant, plum, black cherry, roasted coffee and leather flavors tightly woven together, finishing with lively acidity and firm tannins.
A big, ripe, expressive style, brimming with rich currant, blackberry, new shoe leather and spice notes. Very well-focused, intense and concentrated, with firm, tight tannins. Needs time. Best from 2005 through 2014.
An impressive blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, and 5% Merlot, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill reveals some elevated toasty oak in the nose, but the fruit quality, richness, and overall intensity suggest the wood will be absorbed completely in another 3-4 years. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by an oaky nose revealing scents of blue fruits, black currants, licorice, and spice box. This full-bodied Cabernet possesses sweet fruit, good integration of acidity and tannin, and a long finish. Give it another two years in the bottle, and drink it over the following 12-15.
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