Trade Team

Mitch Boyd, Director of National Sales
International
mitch@chappellet.com

Amy Chappellet, Regional Sales Manager – West 
AK, CA, CO, HI, OR, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WA, WY
amy@chappellet.com

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Photography

Oat seed is spread as a cover crop to hold soil on steep terraces and add nutriments.
of Oat seed is spread as a cover crop to hold soil on steep terraces and add nutriments.

The meadow below the family home offers an unobstructed view of a lush green cover crop below dormant winter vines.
of The meadow below the family home offers an unobstructed view of a lush green cover crop below dormant winter vines.

"The new Chappellet Winery has a remarkable amphitheater site and a soaring modern building which is no less than a cathedral of wine". - World Atlas of Wine 1971
of "The new Chappellet Winery has a remarkable amphitheater site and a soaring modern building which is no less than a cathedral of wine". - World Atlas of Wine 1971

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Press Highlights

JamesSuckling.com

11/21

October 2021 Tasting Report: Australia, Napa and Brunello Rule (And Don’t Forget the Rieslings)

Napa Reds, Classy Brunellos

We also hit California hard during October, with Napa reds the standouts from the 547 wines we tried from the Golden State. The 2019 vintage is turning out to be another superb one, with the Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Pritchard Hill a great reflection of the vintage –  it’s one of the best ever from Chappellet, and shows superb depth, firmness and great length.

2019 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon – 98 Points: A must buy

“Blackberries, blueberries, black licorice, ink and flowers on the nose. Tar, too. Full-bodied with plush, integrated tannins that are intertwined to pure velvet. The finish goes on and on. Wonderful balance and harmony. 2022 release. So excellent to drink now, but will be even better in 2023 and onwards.”

2019 Chappellet Hideaway Cabernet Sauvignon – 96 Points: A must buy

“Pure aromas of blackcurrants, blackberries, black licorice, iron, and pumice. Full-bodied and nicely chewy, plush and intense, with velvety tannins that are long and caressing. Such beauty. 100% cabernet sauvignon. Give it two or three years, but already gorgeous.”

2019 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon – 95 Points: A must buy

“This is very complex, with blackcurrants, tobacco and cedar. Some sandalwood and terra-cotta, too. Medium-to full-bodied with ultra-fine tannins that are creamy-textured and so long and pure. Attractive and complex. 77% cabernet sauvignon with petit verdot, malbec and merlot. So good now to drink, but will age beautifully. Drink or hold.”

2019 Chappellet Cabernet Franc – 94 Points: Outstanding

“This shows gorgeous and very primary fruit with currants, black cherries and hints of flowers. It’s medium-bodied with fine tannins and long, intense purity and primary character. Crushed grapes. Fresh acidity. Finesse. So tasty now. Drink or hold.”

-James Suckling

Robb Report

10/21

“11 Superb New Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons to Drink This Fall”

“Looking on from the outside—especially from Old World wine regions—Napa Valley appears to enjoy such consistent warm, dry weather during the growing season that making wines with generous, ripe fruit and approachable tannins is a veritable walk in the park, year after year. Telescope the lens, though, and it’s not that easy. Winemakers describe the year the skies let loose with a long, drenching rain just before most vintners pulled the trigger to pick (2010), the year it was so cold and socked in ‘it was like being in London all summer’ (2011), the vintage affected by epic fires and a vicious heat spike over Labor Day weekend that upended all picking decisions (2017). The dance of leaf pulling, crop thinning, hang times and berry sorting in response to the weather, is no easier here than in other parts of the world.

Occasionally, though, a year comes along when temperatures are so mild and even-keeled that winemakers’ decisions are not so much in response to the weather as much as to their vision for the outcome of the wine. They can play offense more than defense. The summer of 2018 was just such a growing season. Mild temperatures held from spring, late into harvest, with no severe heat spikes. Winemakers had a long window of time in September and October to let their fruit hang until sugar levels, acidity and tannin maturity reached just the balance they were looking for between ripeness and freshness, lushness and structure.

Many of the 2018s have just been released and they’re a spectacularly beautiful lot. We’ve collected 11 of our favorites here (including a couple of bottles just released from other vintages that deserve the company). The view here is of the winemakers’ style and skill, not the effects of Mother Nature.”

2018 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

“Pritchard Hill is one of Napa’s most enviable wine addresses, thanks in large part to the Chappellets. The latest release of their icon-level Pritchard Hill Cabernet is proof perfect—opening with a savory-sweet and complex layering of mountain-forest notes, warm underbrush, crushed rock, dark fruit, baking spices, dark chocolate, mint and pipe tobacco. The palate—with the power and depth of a mountain wine—extends that blend, with spiced plum and dark berry flavors carried with vibrant acidity and well-managed tannins that come off as substantial and plush at the same time. Give this one some time in your cellar.”

-Sara Schneider

Wine Spectator

10/21

2018 Chappellet Merlot – 92 Points: Outstanding; a wine of superior character and style

“Rich and full-bodied, this is loaded with concentrated creaminess to the dark fruit and Asian spice flavors. The long, open-textured finish offers loads of dark chocolate and toast accents. Drink now through 2024.”

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