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Chappellet Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Mountain Cuvée 2008

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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.

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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 Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Mountain Cuvée

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,972
4.00 5
04/16/2012

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


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Snooth User: Lucha Vino
24961291,385
3.50 5
11/06/2010

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.


Snooth User: JonDerry
6804463,185
3.50 5
12/20/2010

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.


Snooth User: cscanderson
66855515
3.50 5
02/12/2011

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Chappellet Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Mountain Cuvée

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

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.


External Review
10/20/2010

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


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

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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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.

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