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Chappellet Vineyard Chardonnay Napa Valley 2008

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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)

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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

Editorial Reviews for Chappellet Vineyard Chardonnay Napa Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,947
4.00 5
04/30/2010

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


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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.50 5
06/25/2011

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

07/05/2011

"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


11/12/2010

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
04/18/2013

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is a gorgeous, mid-weight wine laced with sweet dark plums, black cherries, menthol, tobacco and flowers. This gracious Cabernet Sauvignon-based red possesses lovely balance in an understated style. It should drink well for the next 5–7 years, perhaps longer. In the 2008 the blend is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 9% Merlot and 5% Petite Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2018.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A wonderful Cabernet, dry and classically structured, notable for elegance and smooth power. A sort of junior version of the Pritchard Hill Estate bottling, it's rich and complex in blackberry and cherry, chocolate and cedar flavors, wrapped into smooth tannins. now-2014.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Mochachino scents of oak come first, followed by a blast of cherry fruit, the chocolate and cherry flavors expanding into a vast wine, crushed by a mineral stomp of tannin in the end. This is powerful without being superripe or hot, just impressively huge. Serve it to your power-hungry friends.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Offers a complex mix of cedar, dried currant, pencil shavings and mineral flavors in a full-bodied style. A firm and tannic wine, ending with drying tannins. Drink now through 2022.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

With ripe, fleshy currant, black cherry, herb and cedary notes, this is an elegant wine with flavors and texture that grow on you, finishing with excellent depth and firm tannins. Drink now through 2010.


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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)

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