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San Francisco Chronicle

01/19

 

The 52 California Wineries You Need to Visit in 2019

“Today, California wine country stretches all over the state, no longer confined to the familiar stretches of Napa and Sonoma. If you’re taking a road trip, you’re more likely than not to happen upon a wine region. But with more than 3,600 wineries in California, according to Wines Vines Analytics, how do you choose where to spend your money, time and alcohol tolerance?"

Napa Valley
Chappellet

"One of just a few California wineries located atop Pritchard Hill in Napa’s eastern mountains that is open to the public, Chappellet would be worth visiting for the views alone. Good thing, then, that the longstanding winery produces beautiful wines, from its flagship Pritchard Hill Cabernet to an old-vine Chenin Blanc. The main winery is a striking building, cavernous and triangular. Take a vineyard tour if you have some extra time.”

—Esther Mobley

Vinous

12/18

 

These are the world’s great, iconic wines

“This range of new releases from Chappellet shows off the 2016 vintage to great effect. The wines are nuanced, open-knit and spectacularly delicious. Chappellet fans will note the addition of the new Cabernet Sauvignon Hideaway, which is sourced from a parcel that lies adjacent to Continuum.”

2016 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
“Just as it was from barrel, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill is magnificent. Powerful and explosive on the palate, the 2016 simply has it all. The interplay of fruit density, power and vibrancy is simply dazzling. Raspberry jam, mocha, wild flowers, mint and cedar open up in the glass, but it is the wine's textural brilliance, stature and vibrancy that leave the deepest impression. Time in the glass brings out a more floral and red-toned character to round things out in style.” 97 Points: A profound and emotionally moving wine that exemplifies the very best attributes of its kind. These are the world's great, iconic wines. 

2016 Chappellet Hideaway Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Hideaway is a new estate wine from Chappellet from a parcel that borders Continuum. Dark and potent, with tremendous fruit density and overall sweetness, the Hideaway shows off the more overt site of Pritchard Hill to great effect. Black cherry, espresso, licorice, new oak, leather and sweet spices are given an extra kick of unctuousness in a flamboyant, richly textured Cabernet that should enjoy a long life in bottle.” 96+ Points: A profound and emotionally moving wine that exemplifies the very best attributes of its kind. These are the world's great, iconic wines. 

2016 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
“Chappellet's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is powerful, dense and super-expressive. Mocha, bittersweet chocolate, spice, new leather and menthol wrap around a core of beautifully layered, dark-fleshed fruit. Ample, creamy and resonant on the palate, the 2016 has a lot to offer. Best of all, the Signature remains one of the very finest values readers will find in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.” 
93 Points: Outstanding. A wine of remarkable personality and breed that is well worth seeking out.

2016 Chappellet Cabernet Franc 
“The 2016 Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley) is a very pretty and expressive wine with lovely varietal character and nuance. Pliant red and purplish fruit, along with expressive Franc aromatics, yield a racy, layered wine loaded with personality and character. Mocha, game, tobacco, rose petal, and blood orange all shape the nuanced finish. The 2016 can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring or cellared for another decade-plus.” 92 Points: Outstanding. A wine of remarkable personality and breed that is well worth seeking out.

2017 Chappellet Grower Collection Sangiacomo Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay 
“The 2017 Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard is gorgeous. Creamy, open-knit and beautifully resonant on the palate, the 2017 has so much to offer. Butter, apricot, spice and citrus notes all meld together. Rich and textured, yet also light on its feet, the 2017 is quite attractive.”  93 Points: Outstanding. A wine of remarkable personality and breed that is well worth seeking out.

2017 Chappellet Grower Collection Fedrick Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 
“The 2017 Pinot Noir Fedrick Vineyard is plump, juicy and delicious, all qualities that make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Although not especially complex, the 2017 is quite tasty. Raspberry and floral notes add nuance to this attractive Pinot from Chappellet.” 90 Points: Outstanding. A wine of remarkable personality and breed that is well worth seeking out.

2017 Chappellet Grower Collection Calesa Vineyard Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir 
“The 2017 Pinot Noir Calesa Vineyard is laced with a whole range of savory and earthy undertones that add aromatic nuance to a core of dark red cherry and plum fruit. Medium in body and complete in the glass, the 2017 has much to offer. Hints of leather, smoke, tobacco and licorice linger in this attractive Pinot Noir from Chappellet.” 92 Points: Outstanding. A wine of remarkable personality and breed that is well worth seeking out.

2017 Chappellet Grower Collection Calesa Vineyard Petaluma Gap Chardonnay
“The 2017 Chardonnay Calesa Vineyard is a very pretty, understated wine. Orchard fruit, pineapple, white flowers and mint are all nicely lifted in this right, super-expressive Petaluma Gap Chardonnay. Bright saline notes punctuate the super-expressive finish." 92 Points: Outstanding. A wine of remarkable personality and breed that is well worth seeking out.

—Antonio Galloni

The Wine Advocate

10/18

 

2016 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon – 100 Points: An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase, and consume

“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill has a very deep garnet-purple color. To smell the nose is like hearing angels trumpeting at the pearly gates! The most incredible and evocative scents come spilling out of the glass, conjuring notions of freshly crushed black raspberries, wild blueberries, red and black currant compote and raspberry leaves with subtler hints of roses, violets, tilled soil, cigar box and fragrant earth. Medium to full-bodied and achingly graceful in the mouth, the perfumed black and red fruits seemingly dance on the palate with a very firm yet beautifully fine-grained texture and just the right amount of freshness, finishing with epic persistence. Hallelujah—this is perfection!

2016 Chappellet Cabernet Franc – 97 Points: An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase, and consume

“The very deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Franc comes sashaying out of the glass with tantalizing rose hip tea, baked raspberries and forest floor scents with a core of redcurrant jelly and black cherry pie plus hints of menthol and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals impressive tension and bags of energetic red fruits, framed by grainy tannins and finishing long and perfumed.”

2016 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon – 96+ Points: An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase, and consume

“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature has a very deep garnet-purple color and opens with wonderfully expressive notes of warm cassis, baked plums, black raspberries and kirsch with suggestions of underbrush, lilacs and chocolate box. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals layers of red and black berries with stunning freshness and an approachable, grainy texture, finishing long and earthy.”

—Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Wine Review Online

09/18

 

2015 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
“As it sits in the glass as dark as a moonless night sky you have the feeling this is going to be a unique wine, and indeed it is. With an array of concentrated and complex black and red fruit flavors boosted by notes of herbs and spice, plus a cushioning of glossy tannins, this Cabernet manages to be big and full without overwhelming the palate. I highly recommend decanting it before serving.” 93 Points

—Marguerite Thomas

Wine Enthusiast

09/18

 

2015 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
“This is blended with a hearty 14% Petit Verdot and smaller additions of Merlot and Malbec. Together, they form a harmonious whole of soft, supple and densely packed flavor, characterized by red currant, earthy dried herb, plum and crayon that finishes in bold tannin and dark chocolate.” 93 Points, Excellent; highly recommended.

—Virginie Boone

Wine Review Online

08/18

 

2015 Chappellet Napa Valley Cabernet Franc
“This will convert any naysayers that I can think of when it comes to domestic Cabernet Franc. Pritchard Hill fruit, perfectly ripened, showing black and blue fruit, tamed herbs and mocha notes in aroma and flavor profiles. It all comes to life on a plush palate where everything floats together and hangs around until the next sip. I’d age this a couple of years for full integration of the oak tones, but fans of bright spice should dig right in. Contains 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot.” 94 Points

—Rich Cook

Wine Review Online

07/18

 

Chenin Blanc Shows Class on Pritchard Hill

2017 Chappellet Signature Chenin Blanc
“The aromas of the 2017 Chappellet Chenin Blanc are complex, suggesting ripe lemon, pear, melon and green apple, with a persistent non-fruity mineral note.  In your mouth the wine is nearly full-bodied and dry but fruity. Its flavors suggest vibrant lemon, lime, honey, and delicate fresh herbs, with a satisfying minerally undercurrent of flavor. The wine’s acidity is strong, giving backbone and structure to the taste, but the wine is not austere because its unctuous texture surrounds that backbone and creates richness.  And yet that acidity persists through the richness, creating a fascinating counter-play of weight and lightness. The wine’s long finish echoes the lemon and mineral flavors.” 91 Points

—Mary Ewing-Mulligan

Wine Spectator

03/18

 

2016 Chappellet Napa Valley Chardonnay
“Lemon drop, Asian pear and fresh-cut apple flavors make for a crisp white that features touches of richness. Lush midpalate, with a lithe, spicy finish. Drink now through 2021." 90 Points: Outstanding; a wine of superior character and style.

—Kim Marcus

Vinous

01/18

 

“I tasted a wide range of wines with Molly and Cyril Chappellet and their longtime winemaker, Phillip Corallo-Titus. Chappellet’s Cabernet Sauvignon Signature remains one of the best values in Napa Valley, while the flagship Pritchard Hill bottling has gained in refinement in recent years.”

2015 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
“Bright red cherry, plum, rose petal and mint notes give the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature a very distinctive and, frankly surprising, amount of freshness. Vibrant, perfumed and nuanced, the Signature is flat-out delicious. The purity of the fruit here is striking, especially at this level. This mid-weight, gracious Cabernet remains one of the very best values in Napa Valley. The Signature saw 60% new oak, about half of it American, and the rest Hungarian and American. 2020 – 2035.” 93 Points: Outstanding. A wine of remarkable personality and breed that is well worth seeking out.

-Antonio Galloni

International Wine Report

01/18

 

2015 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
"The 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet from Chappellet is a lovely showing made from 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot and 3% Malbec. It opens to inviting aromas of freshly crushed blackberries and dark cherries laced with spices, mocha, anise all taking shape. On the palate this full and voluptuous, with remarkable depth and concentration. Layers of ripe dark fruits come together with spices and violets as they build up to the long, opulent finish. Even at this early age the Signature Cabernet is extremely impressive, nonetheless should also cellar beautifully for many years. This wine consistenly delivers year after year and given its quality, it remains one of Napa Valley's finest values." 94 Points

-Joe D'Angelo

JebDunnuck.com

12/17

 

2015 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
"Also inky colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill comes from the estate vineyard on Pritchard Hill and spent 22 months in new French oak. It has a similar level of purity, as well as incredible minerality, to go with notes of crème de cassis, scorched earth, crushed rock, and graphite. Reminiscent of licking a rock with its insane level of minerality, this full-bodied beauty is tight and closed on the palate, yet is just loaded with potential. It’s only for those with cold cellars and needs forgotten for 7-8 years, but will keep for 4-5 decades. Bravo!” 100 Points: As good as it gets. These wines reach the peak of my personal scale of quality.

2015 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
"Looking at the two releases from Chappellet, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is the larger production cuvee and sees 22 months in 50% new French oak. Its deep, inky color is followed by an incredibly pure bouquet of crème de cassis, hints of blue fruits, graphite, and cedar. With gorgeous minerality, full-bodied richness, building tannin and notable purity, it’s an incredible wine, as well as a sensational value.” 96 Points: As good as it gets. These wines reach the peak of my personal scale of quality.

-Jeb Dunnuck

Wine Enthusiast

12/17

 

2015 Chappellet Napa Valley Chardonnay
"For this wine, grapes are sourced from cooler sites within the valley, as well as from a high-elevation site on Mount Veeder. Together, they provide a juicy, fleshy core of apple and pear fruit girded by mineral-laden texture and tension. The finish is marked by oak-derived toast and brioche notes." 90 Points: Excellent, highly recommended.

-Virginia Boone

Wine Enthusiast

12/17

 

2016 Chappellet Signature Chenin Blanc
"Owner Molly Chappellet's beloved baby, this white is deliciously crisp, dry and balanced, with layers of Meyer lemon, waxy apple and floral gardenia. Percolating acidity maintains its freshness beneath its rich texture and tropical succulence." 92 Points: Excellent, highly recommended.

-Virginia Boone

Wine Advocate

10/17

 

2015 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
"Opaque purple-black in color, the intensely scented 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill is already strutting its stuff, revealing gregarious crème de cassis, baked plums and blackberry preserves notes over notions of cigar box, new leather, charcuterie and tar, plus menthol and sautéed herbs wafts. Full-bodied, concentrated and expressive in the mouth, it features firm, finely grained tannins and plenty of freshness framing the generous fruit, finishing on a lingering herbal note. 2017-2037." 97 Points: An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase, and consume.

-Lisa Perrotti-Brown

WineSpeed

07/17

 

Wines to Know

2016 Chappellet Signature Chenin Blanc
"Among the white wines you should not miss this summer is this delicious legend. It's snappy and creamy, limey and minerally, all in the same fantastic sip. And why a legend? Well, Molly Chappellet herself is one of the legendary Napa Valley pioneers. But also, in 1967, during Napa's 'second Golden Age,' when she and her late husband Donn began their winery on Pritchard Hill, they found chenin blanc vines already growing. The family has continued to make the variety for nearly 50 years, despite bankers and brokers who, early on, kept insisting that the other grape which started with 'ch' would be a much better idea. Um, not exactly."

-Karen MacNeil

Wine Spectator

06/17

 

2015 Chappellet Napa Valley Chardonnay
"Aromas of jasmine, honeysuckle and citrus orchard offer a lively presence. Ends with a pithy citrus character on the aftertaste." 90 Points: Outstanding, a wine of superior character and style

JamesSuckling.com

01/17

 

2014 Napa reds signal a new era of classicism

2014 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
“This shows great structure and muscle with a firm and flexing tone. Full-bodied, tight and reserved. Currants, black truffles and espresso. A classic structure that harks back to the great Chappellets of the 1970s. Savory. What length. Will improve with many years, but it's still a dream to drink now.” 98 Points: A must buy.

2014 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
“Aromas of blackcurrants, blackberries, mushrooms and spices. Full and very intense with lots of fruit. Firm and silky. Plenty of tension. Layered and intense. Love it now, but this will be better in 2020.” 94 Points: Outstanding.

—James Suckling

Wine Advocate

12/16

 

In short, these are terrific wines

2014 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
“The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and the rest Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, is a classic example of Pritchard Hill, Chappellet and of Napa Valley. Brilliant purity, a dense purple color, superb blackberry and floral-infused blueberry fruit and cassis, a full-bodied mouthfeel, moderate but sweet tannin and a long, layered, texture and finish make for a profound Cabernet Sauvignon that actually sells at a bargain price for what is in the bottle. Moreover, look for it to evolve graciously for another 20+ years. 2016 – 2036.” 94+ Points: An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.

—Robert Parker, December 2016

Vinous

12/16

 

Exemplifies the very best attributes of its kind

2014 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
“The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill is every bit as magnificent today as it was last year from barrel. Inky, concentrated and regal in its pedigree, the 2014 is all class. The 2014 is not as bombastic or huge as the 2013. Instead, it is a wine of total finesse and elegance. The purity of the fruit is simply striking. This is a mesmerizing, utterly compelling wine from the Chappellet family. 2022 – 2044” 97 Points: Exceptional. A profound and emotionally moving wine that exemplifies the very best attributes of its kind. These are the world’s great, iconic wines.

—Antonio Galloni