Chappellet Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Mountain Cuvée 2001

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

A stylish Bordeaux blend of Cabernet, Merlot and a dash of Cabernet Franc. Silky, pure mountain fruit with blackberry, red licorice and cedar weighing in full-bodied on the palate. Spicy tar and chewy tannins grip the finish, but the lingering impression is of mouthwatering fruit. Chappellet, a small winery by California terms, produces only 28,000 cases yearly, focusing mainly on Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay.

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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 Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Mountain Cuvée

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

A stylish Bordeaux blend of Cabernet, Merlot and a dash of Cabernet Franc. Silky, pure mountain fruit with blackberry, red licorice and cedar weighing in full-bodied on the palate. Spicy tar and chewy tannins grip the finish, but the lingering impression is of mouthwatering fruit. Chappellet, a small winery by California terms, produces only 28,000 cases yearly, focusing mainly on Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

Dark garnet in hue, this wine lifts itself out of the glass with aromas of ripe black cherries and dried herbs. On the tongue it tastes mostly of cherry, with a light hint of smokiness and blueberries that mixes with the mellow tannins for a very drinkable and easy mouthfeel. The long finish has hints of vanilla and other floral elements. This is an excellent food wine, and one thatrsquo;s worth breaking out at most any dinner, especially if you prefer to drink reds no matter what yoursquo;re eating. The softer tannins mean that it will not clash with more delicate foods, including even fish. If I had to pick an ideal dish to serve it with, I might try individual meat loaves with bacon crisps.



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