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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.”

Wine Enthusiast Advanced Buying Guide

9/21

2019 Chappellet Grower Collection Calesa Chardonnay – 94 Points: Superb; a great achievement

“This wine opens up in a rich nose of spicy toasted oak, perfumed through a cohesive and complex palate of stone fruit, lemon and brioche. Though rich, it remains fresh through-out, retaining acidity and silky texture, coming from hillside blocks in the cool, coastal appellation.”

2019 Chappellet Grower Collection El Novillero Chardonnay – 94 Points: Superb; a great achievement

“From a Sangiacomo-farmed site, this cool-climate white is perfumed in spice and apple blossom, with seasonings of nutmeg, tea and clove. Smoothly textured, it shows sophistication and elegant style, with a bright length of acidity and plush finish.”

2018 Chappellet Merlot – 92 Points: Excellent; highly recommended

“Blended with 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot, this hearty red is full-bodied with a grip of tannin. The structure provides a framework for dense black olive, game and oak to play alongside a richness of black cherry and cassis.”

-Virginie Boone

Decanter

“Luczy’s 30: Top Napa Cabernet 2018s”

5/21

2018 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon – 95 Points

“Sourced from the top 20% of Chappellet’s holdings on Pritchard Hill. Aromas of fresh violets, damp herbs and black fruits. Powerful and muscular on the palate, but a lean, toned muscle. Often, the flagship wine of a Napa estate pulls out all the stops with ripeness, but this bottling is impressively restrained and elegant. Several other releases from Chappellet also scored in the 90s, so this is a reliable estate in 2018.” 95 Points: Outstanding

-Matthew Luczy, May 2021

Wine Enthusiast

3/21

2018 Chappellet Grower Collection Dutton Ranch Russian River Pinot Noir – 93 Points

“Lively and savory in forest spice with an herbal undercurrent, this full-bodied red is luxuriously lengthy. Wildly intriguing in fruity components of currant and cherry, it finishes in toasted oak and chocolate-covered espresso bean.” 93 Points: Excellent; highly recommended

-Virginie Boone

JebDunnuck.com

"Napa Valley 2018 – A Great Vintage"

1/21

2018 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon – 98 Points

“Always one of the top wines in a vintage, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill is another gorgeous wine with a more plush, supple texture that hides solid underlying structure and tannins. Beautiful notes of blueberries, new leather, camphor, violets, and smoked tobacco all flow to a full-bodied, seamless, gorgeously textured beauty that’s very much in the style of the vintage. Possessing remarkable purity, flawless balance, and building tannins, give bottles 4 5 years of bottle age, count yourself lucky, and enjoy over the following 25+ years.” 98 Points: As good as it gets. These wines reach the peak of my personal scale of quality.

2018 Chappellet Hideaway Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 97 Points

“Coming from a rocky estate vineyard on Pritchard Hill, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Hideaway Vineyard reveals a deep purple color as well as a gorgeous nose of ripe black fruits, tobacco, scorched earth, candied violets, and orange blossom. With medium to full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, and a fresh yet concentrated, powerful style, this is pure Napa goodness to drink over the coming two decades or more.” 97 Points: As good as it gets. These wines reach the peak of my personal scale of quality.

2018 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon – 92 Points

“The wines show a beautiful sense of freshness and purity, and at times can have an almost Bordeaux-like character in their tannins, acids, and textures.This larger production cuvée from this estate is always a winner, and the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature checks in as 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, and 5% Malbec. Beautiful crème de cassis, camphor, toasted spice, leather, and earthy tobacco notes all emerge from the glass, and this beauty is medium to full-bodied, supple, and seamless on the palate, with loads of upfront appeal. Drink it over the coming 10 12 years.” 92 Points: Outstanding wines. These wines are outstanding for their type and are worth the extra effort to seek out.

2018 Chappellet Cabernet Franc– 96 Points

“A smoking value, the 2018 Cabernet Franc has textbook Cabernet Franc darker, almost blue fruits as well as gorgeous floral, leather, spice, and incense aromatics. Medium to full-bodied, it has a similar supple elegance that conceals solid underlying tannins and concentration. It can be drunk today with plenty of pleasure, yet a good 3 4 years of bottle age will do it well, and it should evolve gracefully over the following 10 15 years.” 96 Points: As good as it gets. These wines reach the peak of my personal scale of quality.

-Jeb Dunnuck

Creators.com

1/21

2017 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon – 100 Points

“There are a handful of Napa Valley cabernets that are deserving of iconic status, having demonstrated over decades that they are anything but a fluke of nature. Pritchard Hill is Chappellet’s contribution to the pantheon of truly great Napa Valley cab. This is the 20th anniversary of this iconic cab from the iconic 50-year-old winery located off the Silverado Trail along the eastern side of the valley. The 2017 is rich, deep, and impressive, with polished tannins despite its muscular structure; dark-fruit notes of blackberry, cassis, and blueberry; and remarkable depth and length. It’s a wine for the ages.”

-Robert Whitley

Wine Advocate

11/20

2018 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon – 98+ Points
“The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. It was aged in 100% new French oak for 22 months. The alcohol weighed in at 14.5%. Deep garnet-purple in color, it charges out of the gate with bold expressions of warm cassis, wild blueberries, and black raspberries, plus hints of chocolate box, menthol, tapenade, smoked meats, and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is bursting with vibrant black fruits, framed by fantastically ripe, fine-grained tannins and lovely freshness, finishing long and mineral-laced. Drink Date: 2022 – 2052.”

2018 Chappellet Cabernet Franc – 95+ Points
“The 2018 Cabernet Franc is a blend of 75% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, and 6% Malbec. It was aged for 22 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. The alcohol weighed in at 14.5%. Deep garnet-purple in color, bright, cheery red and black fruit notes of red currant jelly, blackberry pie, Morello cherries, and boysenberries spring from the glass, followed by nuances of pencil shavings, red roses, raspberry leaves, and cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, the palate displays compelling purity, featuring bags of crunchy blackberry flavors and ripe, finely grained tannins to support, finishing with a lively skip in its step. Drink Date: 2021 – 2039.”

2018 Chappellet Hideaway Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 94 Points
“The Hideaway vineyard is located on the slopes of Pritchard Hill at an elevation of 1,425 feet. Composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Hideaway Vineyard was aged in French oak barrels, 80% new. Deep garnet-purple in color, it comes galloping out of the glass with notes of freshly crushed blackberries, black cherries and ripe black currants plus suggestions of licorice, unsmoked cigars and dried Provence herbs with a waft of cast iron pan. The medium to full-bodied palate displays wonderful energy with loads of mineral sparks lifting the black fruits along with impressive freshness, framed by ripe, grainy tannins, finishing long with an herbal lift. Drink Date: 2022 – 2048.”

2018 Chappellet Altimeter Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 93+ Points
“The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Altimeter is composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a new addition to the Chappellet portfolio—part of the ‘Mountain Estates’ range. The vineyard is located up on Atlas Peak. This wine was aged in French oak barrels, 85% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is just a tad reticent to begin, slowly offering up delicate notes of Black Forest cake, black raspberries and kirsch plus suggestions of tar, new leather and sautéed herbs with a hint of cardamom. The full-bodied palate is also a little broody, offering a rock-solid structure of grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and savory. Give this one a good 3-5 years before broaching and drink it over the next 25+ years. Drink Date: 2023 – 2048.”

2018 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon – 93+ Points
“The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec. It was harvested from September 18 to October 30, and the alcohol weighed in at 14.5%. Deep garnet-purple in color, exuberant notes of warm plums, ripe black and red currants and black cherries come bounding out of the glass with suggestions of cedar chest, unsmoked cigars and beef drippings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is simply singing with juicy black fruits and velvety tannins, finishing long with some baking spice hints coming through. Open for business now, this wine can easily be cellared for 20 years or more. Drink Date: 2020 – 2040.”

-Lisa Perrotti-Brown

JamesSuckling.com

10/20

2018 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon – 96 Points
“Blue fruit with boysenberry and floral aromas. Cassis, too. It’s full-bodied, yet very tight and toned on the palate with fine tannins that are formed and polished. A classic wine. Give this three or four years to soften. Best after 2024.”

2018 Chappellet Sugarloaf Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 95 Points
“This is very typical with cassis, forest-floor, mushroom and dried -lower aromas and flavors. It’s full-bodied, but not overdone, with firm, chewy tannins that give it a dusty texture. The finish shows a blue-fruit note and crushed stones. It really needs time to soften. Try after 2024.”

2018 Chappellet Cabernet Franc – 94 Points
“What a luscious, succulent cabernet franc with blue fruit, chocolate, and some hazelnut and walnut undertones. It’s full and layered with a round, creamy-tannin texture that gives form and texture to the wine. Drink or hold.”

2018 Chappellet Hideaway Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 94 Points
“Lots of blueberry, hazelnut, chocolate and walnut character to this with some cassis and plum, too. It’s rather tannic and toned with a chewy palate and a long, intense finish. Toned is the word. Needs time to soften. Try after 2023.”

2018 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon – 93 Points
“Lots of blackcurrant and blueberry with violet and boysenberry. Some chocolate, too. Full-bodied with lightly dusty tannins that give a special texture and beauty to the wine. Flavorful and intense at the finish. Better after 2023.”

-James Suckling

Wine Review Online

8/20

2017 Hideaway Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
“The Chappellet family has probably done as much as any other family to cement the Napa Valley’s reputation for world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Its Chappellet Hideaway Cabernet Sauvignon from this vintage is a monumental red that delivers a massive palate of ripe blackberry and black currant fruit, with hints of cassis, oak vanillin, and smooth, supple tannins.” 98 Points

2019 Signature Chenin Blanc
“This is the king of California Chenin Blanc, a grape variety popular in France’s Loire Valley but not widely planted in Napa. Chappellet’s location on the sunny eastern slopes of the Napa Valley is ideal for Chenin Blanc and the result is a dry Chenin with exquisite balance and fresh, complex aromas of citrus, melon, and stone fruits. This vintage is nothing short of sensational.” 94 points 

-Robert Whitley

Wine Spectator

8/20

2018 Chappellet Grower Collection Sangiacomo Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay

“Well-structured, with fresh acidity backing the white and dried tropical fruit flavors. Sage cream accents show midpalate, with a long, plush finish that exudes cream and cooking spice notes.”
92 Points: Outstanding; a wine of superior character and style

-Kim Marcus

Forbes

"A Deathbed Promise To Achieve A 100 Point Napa Valley Wine"

08/20

“When Cyril Chappellet sat by his father’s bedside as he lay there dying, he and his siblings wanted to promise one last thing to their father – to finally receive 100 points for their Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. They had gotten close with a “99.5” but that isn’t 100. After Cyril’s father had spent almost 50 years devoting his life to Pritchard Hill, helping to encourage high-altitude “mountain grown” Cabernet, it seemed to his children that he didn’t fully receive the full recognition that he deserved creating some of the most long lived Napa Valley wines, rivaling some of the Bordeaux greats.”

– Catherine Todd

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Robb Report

“15 Wines That Pair Perfectly With Your Next Backyard Barbecue”

06/20

“When the mercury rises and the grill gets fired up, you may find yourself reaching for a cold beer. But this year, whether your specialty is a secret sauce for burgers, dry rub for ribs or sourcing some of the best beef on the planet, punch up your barbecue with just the right bottle of wine. Across the range of fish, fowl, steaks or chops that might make an appearance over your fire, we have brilliant pairings covered with three families of wines.

2017 Chappellet Hideaway Cabernet Sauvignon
This complex, opulent wine from Chappellet comes from high on Prichard Hill. A dark, savory nose of crushed rock, flint, toasted spice and dark chocolate–coated blackberries is followed by an intense palate marked by hints of salinity and intense, briary blackberry and plum fruit.”

-Sara Schneider

Forbes.com

05/20

2019 Chappellet Signature Chenin Blanc- Excellent
Straw lovely aromas of green melon and lilacs. Medium bodied with very good concentration, very good acidity and a lengthy, off dry finish. Lovely varietal character, beautiful harmony and a nice sense of charm. Enjoy over the next 2 3 years.”

2017 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon – Excellent
“Bright deep purple; aromas of black currant, clove and hints of cigar box. Medium full, this offers excellent depth of ripe black currant fruit, well integrated oak notes, good acidity and firm, but well balanced tannins. Given the heat of this vintage, this is an impressive achievement! The harmony of this wine allows for current drinkability, with peak drinking in 10 12 years.” Excellent

2017 Chappellet Hideaway Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – Excellent
“Bright purple; aromas of blackberry, blueberry, black plum and a hint of molasses. Medium-full to full-bodied with a rich mid-palate offering ripe expressive black fruit. Balanced acidity, rich, supple tannins, well integrated wood notes and very good persistence. This is a bit showy now, but an engaging wine. Give this time to come together. Try again in 2-3 years, with peak drinking in 7-10 years.” Excellent

-Tom Hyland

Wine.com

04/20

“The relatively new Petaluma Gap AVA designated on December 7, 2017 has generated plenty of buzz in the industry. The 2018 Chappellet Calesa Vineyard is an outstanding wine. This wine deftly combines mineral notes, tart stone fruit, and perkiness. Enjoy its length and persistence on the palate with clams and linguine in white wine reduction sauce with crushed black peppercorns and thinly sliced garlic.”
94 Points

“The 2018 Chappellet Grower Collection Novillero Vineyard Chardonnay brings power and richness to the fore. This wine exhibits generous and persistent aromas and flavors of savory spices, ripe fruit, and an accent of oak. Pair it with shellfish in full flavored cream sauces.” 93 Points

-Wilfred Wong,

Vinous

04/20

“The 2018 Pinot Noir Grower Collection Fedrick Ranch is one of the most exuberant, deep wines in this range. Blueberry jam, chocolate, game, incense and tobacco, all give the 2018 a distinctly gamy, wild personality. And yet, there is more than enough fruit to balance those elements quite nicely. A Pinot of real substance and depth, the Fedrick will drink well for a number of years.”
93 Points: Outstanding. A wine of remarkable personality and breed that is well worth seeking out

“The 2018 Chardonnay Grower Collection Calesa Vineyard shows the more reserved side of Chardonnay. The 2018 is bright and lifted and is all about savory and mineral infused energy, while the citrus driven fruit is very much in the background. Saline notes give the 2018 much of its persistence and overall feel.”
92 Points: Outstanding. A wine of remarkable personality and breed that is well worth seeking out

Antonio Galloni,

JamesSuckling.com

02/20

2017 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon “A firm, silky red with blueberry and mineral aromas and flavors. Medium body. Fine tannins. Delicious. Quite refined style here. Drink now.”
92 Points: Outstanding

-James Suckling, February 2020

Vinous

01/20

“The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is plump, racy and super expressive. Raspberry jam, spice, mocha, blood orange and pomegranate are all given an extra kick of textural richness. Unctuous and bold, the 2017 offers tons of near and medium term appeal. This is a terrific effort. The Signature Cabernet remains one of the very best Napa Valley wines in its price range. 2022 2032.”
93 Points: Outstanding. A wine of remarkable personality and breed that is well worth seeking out

“The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill is a positively stellar wine in this challenging year. Crème de cassis, licorice, lavender, chocolate, spice and espresso all run through the 2017. This is an especially inky, flamboyant style for Chappellet, but all the elements come together very nicely. 2022
2032.” 95 Points: Outstanding. A wine of remarkable personality and breed that is well worth seeking out

-Antonio Galloni, January 2020

Wine Advocate

10/19

2017 Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon “Deep garnet purple colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant black cherries, warm cassis, chocolate pie and blackberry preserves notes plus nuances of wild sage, forest floor and tobacco. Medium to full bodied, the palate is elegantly played and refreshing with velvety tannins and a long mineral tinged finish.”

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.

-Lisa Perrotti Brown, October 2019

NapaValley.com

"The 10 Best Wine Tours in Napa Valley"

10/19

Iconic Cabernet
“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.”

-Hana-Lee Sedgwick

Wine Enthusiast Advanced Buying Guide

09/19

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

—Virginie Boone

Wine Review Online

05/19

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

Wine Spectator Insider

A First Look at Our Editors' Most Exciting New Wines

05/19

2015 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
“Bold blueberry, plum and boysenberry fruit flavors give this an overt profile, with warm anise, fruitcake and chocolate notes pouring in alongside the fruit through the finish. There’s a buried graphite edge for support, lengthening this out. A big red. Drink now through 2032. 94 Points: Outstanding; a wine of superior character and style.

—James Molesworth

San Francisco Chronicle

The 52 California Wineries You Need to Visit in 2019

01/19

“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

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