Chappellet Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Mountain Cuvée 2008
This is the wine to choose when you’re looking for vivid, mouth‐filling fruit flavors. Our Mountain Cuvee is a winemaker’s blend that beautifully expresses the distinctive qualities of the traditional Bordeaux varietals, and is crafted for early consumption. Each component making up the cuvee contributes nuances that mingle with and complement each other. The result is a complex array of aromas and flavors that deliver pure pleasure in a glass.
Editorial Reviews for Chappellet Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Mountain Cuvée
Dark and deep with bitter cocoa notes adding detail to some orchard fruit and black fruit, all framed by slightly peppery oak. This is a touch thick and rich and yet it is quite firm. It is classic California with the fruit being round and almost opulent and revealing slightly jammy blackberry flavors, with gentle hints of mint, herbs, earth and mineral adding some complexity. The texture is quite fine, firm and a little tense, yet not really drying or oppressive. The fruit is youthful and tight but obvious with a fine persistence. A bit gangly today, this has obvious potential but is already enjoyable. 90pts
Nice blend of around 50% Cab, Merlot, and a handful of other bordeaux varietals. This wine can taste a little disjointed with oak and acidity, but it has a great core of fruit that wins out, making it a nice drink at a reasonable price. Coming from a winery that produces some of Napa's best cabs, so much the better.
Lots of Black Cherry, currant and dark fruit on the nose with some toasted spices in the background. The palate is similar but fades pretty quickly into a tart tannin filled finish.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Chappellet Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Mountain Cuvée
The Mountain Cuvée is a blend of softer and more developed lots of Cabernet Sauvignon with Chappellet's rich, weighty Merlot. The result is an incredibly aromatic nose, rich mid-palate and lengthy finish.
One evening, Tom and I decided to throw a couple of T-Bones on the grill and open this bottle of Cab. Tasting with the Premier crew can be an exhilarating and insightful experience. We have a fanatical tendency to dissect a wine down to its atomic structure. Absorbed in an analytical state of mind, we found ourselves expressing metaphors like sweet cassis and dark currants laced with exotic brown spices and the friendly, fruit-driven style it possessed. Lost in our enthusiasm, we completely forgot about the steaks! I highly recommend this wine with grilled foods, but also suggest that dinner be prepared before the first glass is poured.
Chappellet makes outstanding Cabs, and this is one of two high-end bottlings it makes every year. Like the Signature Cabernet, the Mountain Cuvée is made from hillside vineyards, but is styled with softer tannins so it is approachable on release. It's also a little lower-priced. This vintage shows bountiful aromas of blueberry, baking spices and kirsch, leading to layers of mint and black pepper. The nose is big and rich, suggesting the formidable character of this wine. A textured mouthfeel and weighty mid-palate are softened by notes of black currant, raspberry and cedar.
A big, beautifully broad and soft Cabernet that will impress the most esteemed palate. This wine is produced in a distinctively superior fashion, making it the perfect food wine. It is balanced and contains rich flavors of currants, blackberry and chocolate, with a big vanilla nose. Enjoy with a rich beef or lamb based dish; this is simply one of those wines with which you cannot go wrong.
You can call this Chappellet's everyday claret, but that's an insult to a wine of this quality. It shows classic Napa structure, with firm tannins and rich acidity, and a deep core of black cherry, black currant and oak flavors. It's delicious now, and should develop for a couple of years.
Our 2008 Mountain Cuvee is vibrant and harmonious, displaying the complexity of a classic Bordeaux blend, with all the appealing richness of great California winegrowing. The nose offers an immediate rush of sun-ripened fruit and spice that spills from the glass, highlighting notes of dark cherry, plum, cinnamon, mocha and toasted oak. On the palate, abundant black cherry and cola flavors are supported by soft, rich tannins and a supple texture that leads to a long, satisfying finish. - Winery
Firm and intense, with a mix of mineral, pebble, dried currant, sage and spice. Full-bodied and complex, ending with fine structure and chewy tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2014.
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Dietary Information: Organic