Jay James, Director of Trade Sales- Napa, CA
Amy Chappellet, Regional Sales Manager – West – St. Helena, CA
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"The 10 Best Wine Tours in Napa Valley"
“The oldest winery on Pritchard Hill — an area known for its acclaimed cabernet wines — Chappellet is a worthwhile place to visit in Napa Valley. During the special Signature Tasting and Estate Tour, your host will guide you on a private walk through the winery and organic vineyards, after which you’ll sit down for a tasting in the barrel room to sample Chappellet’s iconic Signature Series wines.
Insider Tip: Due to the demand of Chappellet’s limited wines, there’s a wait to join their allocation list, so you may want to purchase while visiting to ensure you get to enjoy a bottle or two later.”
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2016 Chappellet Hideaway Cabernet Sauvignon
“The grapes for this wine are sourced from the steep slopes of the producer’s own Pritchard Hill spot at 1,425 feet. Juicy black cherry and wild berry yield to rich vanilla and oak, with ample grip and tension that lend structure. It’s simply delicious, voluptuous and lush yet complex.” 97 Points: Superb; a great achievement
2017 Chappellet Grower Collection Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
“This vineyard-designate wine offers an inviting array of white pepper, cardamom and rose petal. Layered in complex, interwoven tannins and oak, it has tension and freshness in abundance, with deft flavors of stone, plum and dark cherry.” 94 Points: Superb; a great achievement
2016 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
“This is made entirely from mountain fruit along the eastern hills of the Napa Valley, including the producer’s estate. It is blended with 12% Petit Verdot and 9% Malbec. Smoky oak, clove and tobacco accent red fruit and a savory bottom line of cedar and sage. It’s rich but well behaved.” 92 Points: Excellent; highly recommended
2017 Chappellet Grower Collection Cold Creek Vineyard Viognier
“This wine opens with a sweet nose of candied fruit and flowers, the texture velvety and robust in viscous intensity. A taste of apple skin and lemon lingers for awhile on the palate, with a lasting note of wet stone.” 90 Points: Excellent; highly recommended
2016 Chappellet Napa Valley Merlot
“There is 10% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot in this wine, which represents a refined and complex expression of the grape from a mountain site. Smoky oak meets black cherry, leather, dark chocolate and a touch of dried herb—flavors that accent a balance of tannin and structure.” 90 Points: Excellent; highly recommended
Wine Review Online
2017 Grower Collection Cold Creek Vineyard Viognier
“My issue with most domestic Viognier is the general level of ripeness and alcohol, which I attribute to growing conditions for the most part. Too much is simply planted in areas too warm to deliver the high-toned aromas and fresh acidity that would remind anyone of the refreshing Viognier wines of Condrieu, in the northern Rhone Valley of France. The Chappellet is an exception, harvested from the Cold Creek Vineyard in the Carneros district, at the bottom of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. It shows refreshing, mouthwatering acidity with notes of honeysuckle blossom and persimmon, with a generous touch of spice. Bingo!” 94 Points