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Chappellet Vineyard Chardonnay Napa Valley 2008
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, 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.
"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
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