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Chappellet Vineyard Merlot Napa Valley 2006

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Chappellet Merlot is very nice smooth polished wine with palate-flattering flavors of ripe blackberries and cherries and a subtle overlay of toasty oak.

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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

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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3.50 5
09/06/2010

Red currant, cedar and spicy mocha aromas with rich black cherry on the palate with some slight bell pepper tones on the mid palate. Soft tannins. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 9/4/10


Snooth User: Middletucky
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4.50 5
05/09/2010

Fantastic wine.


Snooth User: sunshine362
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5.00 5
09/24/2010

Five glasses


External Reviews for Chappellet Vineyard Merlot Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/18/2010

Supple yet complex, with red currant, cedar and spicy-mocha aromas and rich black cherry and bell pepper flavors that linger with soft tannins. Drink now through 2013. 3,875 cases made. -TF Lovely, with the structure and mouth-filling satisfaction of a fine Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, but lighter and more pliant. Shows flavors of cherries, red currants, licorice, beef teriaki and sandalwood, wrapped into firm but finely etched tannins. Now-2012. - S.H. ** Only 7 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/25/2009

WS: 90 Points WE: 90 Points


External Review
05/22/2010

Dark in color and concentrated in aromas, this Merlot is highlighted by black berry and cherry fruit as well as dark chocolate, roasted coffee and vanilla. Subtle herbal and spice notes add complexity to the fruit. The mouth is huge, lush and rounded by soft tannins. A sweet impression on the palate is given by the combination of ripe fruit and spicy oak. Black berry and cherry flavors persist long into the finish.



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Chappellet Merlot is very nice smooth polished wine with palate-flattering flavors of ripe blackberries and cherries and a subtle overlay of toasty oak.

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