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91 points Wine Spectator: Rich, layered and full-bodied, with a mix of toasty oak, ripe fig, anise and honeysuckle, h...Read more...
This shows a lot of ripe apple, pear and green plum fruit on the nose but with an underlay of earth, steel, and gentle suggestions of green herb an... Read more
Nose of blackberry an some hints of blueberry. Concentrated red and black fruits with hints of herbs and spices. Roasted coffee and chocolate ton... Read more
"Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Steely and lean at first pass Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Chappellet Vineyard Chardonnay Napa Valley
This shows a lot of ripe apple, pear and green plum fruit on the nose but with an underlay of earth, steel, and gentle suggestions of green herb and vanilla bean. A bit sweet on the attack, this shows more wood on the palate than the aromatic suggest, and while the fruit is lovely, ripe and round succulent white orchard fruit with a peachy glow, with great richness, the alcohol seems to stick out a bit. Texturally this does a nice job of blending the creamy, oak rounded style with freshness, and the finish shows great length and vibrancy with wonderfully integrated spice tones, but I do get snagged on the alcohol again on the final. A minor failing. 90pts
Nose of blackberry an some hints of blueberry. Concentrated red and black fruits with hints of herbs and spices. Roasted coffee and chocolate tones. Rich tannins provide great structure. - Tasted at winery 12/30/10
External Reviews for Chappellet Vineyard Chardonnay Napa Valley
"Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Steely and lean at first pass
Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Steely and lean at first pass, then opening up slowly as it reveals bright aromas of apples, Pippin at first then a light touch of ripe Gala, filled in quietly but attractively by a dollop of creamy oak richness. Still, the fullness and depth of fruit on the palate comes as a bit of a pleasant surprise and lifts the wine into the highly recommended range. It can fully reward present drinking, but it also has the nerve and depth to develop in the bottle for at least two to four more years.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.
Concentrated aromas of black cherry and boysenberry fruit fill the glass. Nuances of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, along with the element of spice and toast from the oak aging, add depth and richness to the nose. On the palate, the sweet, well-defined fruit is bolstered by full, rich tannins, giving enough structure for long-term aging. A layer of sweet oak adds spice and complexity, while firm acidity gives brightness to the lingering ripe fruit finish.
Deftly balanced, striking a tasty mix of ripe blackberry, black cherry and currant, and smooth, toasty vanilla scented oak. Sharply focused, with each sip revealing an added flavor dimension, finishing with supple, well-integrated tannins. A solid effort from a winery that's definitely on the rebound. Drink now through 2010.
Understated, firmly structured and focused, with a complex range of cedar, currant, sage, anise and tobacco flavors that expand on the finish. Tannins are firm but integrated. Drink now through 2005.
Well-balanced, rich and flavorful, with lavender, currant and dill aromas and earthy currant, herb, sage and cedar flavors. Finishes with firm, chewy tannins. A solid effort that needs short-term cellaring. Best from 2004 through 2012.
Elegantly styled with a wonderful sense of balance. Offers a complex core of currant, anise, sage and a splash of vanilla and mocha, finishing with ripe, fine-grained tannins that flex their muscles on the finish. Best from 2006 through 2012.
91 points Wine Spectator: Rich, layered and full-bodied, with a mix of toasty oak, ripe fig, anise and honeysuckle, holding its tight focus and ending with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2015. (6/15/10)
Dietary Information: Organic
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