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Chappellet Vineyard Chardonnay Napa Valley Signature 2001

Winemaker's Notes:

Concentrated aromas of black cherry and boysenberry fruit fill the glass. Nuances of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, along with an 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.

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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

External Reviews for Chappellet Vineyard Chardonnay Napa Valley Signature

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Donn Chappelletrsquo;s deep ruby/purple color is followed by sweet, ripe fruit on the mid-palate, an attractive, plush texture, and a spicy finish. This elegant, medium-bodied, delicious, savory Cabernet should be enjoyed over the next decade.


External Review
Source: Premier 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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Elegant, with understated cherry, cedar and currant flavors, turning spicy and firm on the finish, where dry tannins weigh in. Best from 2000 through 2006.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Dark ruby hue. Moderately aromatic with a distinct oak accent. A firm entry leads to a moderately full-bodied palate with a deep core of cassis. Finishes with solid tannins and a fine acidity. Well balanced, and structured for further aging. Drink now or later.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier 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.


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Concentrated aromas of black cherry and boysenberry fruit fill the glass. Nuances of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, along with an 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.

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