Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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Pritchard Hill has become one of Napa's most prized locations for growing Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and the Chappellet family has been there since the beginning! Donn Chappellet moved his family up to the rocky eastern slopes of Napa called Pritchard Hill in 1967 with most local vintners calling him crazy. But he was convinced of the benefit of mountain vineyards and also received the excellent advice of legendary California winemaker André Tchelistcheff. 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. Today, 95% of their vineyards are organically farmed and the winery is solar powered. Typically aged in new French oak for 24 months, the Chappellet's add small amounts of Petit Verdot and Malbec to the Cabernet base of Pritchard Hill. Look for concentrated aromatics of black cherry, plum, dark chocolate, roast coffee and smoke with lush mouth-coating flavors of ripe berries, red currant, anise, vanilla, nutmeg and cedar.

"Perched high atop Pritchard Hill, Chappellet, founded in 1969, affords visitors the stunning vista of Lake Hennessy and parts of the valley. Chappellet's version of hospitality is friendly and down-to-earth; for example, guests are lent a jacket to keep them warm during private tastings in the cave. If the weather is nice, tours include a short hike through the vineyards and, en route, an explanation of the winery's commitment to sustainable agriculture and solar power. The tasting includes about five wines, including the iconic Pritchard Hill Cabernet blend and Signature Cabernet. Indulge in the extended tour and lunch, because once you take in the view and the vibe, you won't want to leave." Exploring Napa Valley Wine Spectator 2009
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Chappellet
Alcohol/vol 14.9%
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Wine AdvocateThe dense purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Estate (one of Napa's fashionable go-to terroirs) exhibits a striking bouquet of spring flowers, blueberries, raspberries and blackcurrants. This is a compelling wine with profound depth and flavor, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a velvety integration of tannin, acidity and wood. Pushing perfection in Cabernet Sauvignon, this multidimensional, skyscraper-like offering has all the intensity one expects, but it never comes across as heavy. This gives it an ethereal character that is nearly impossible to articulate, but genius is often hard to explain. It is clearly a major superstar of a great vintage.

Robert Parker, October 2014
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James SucklingBeautiful aromas of flowers, dark fruits and minerals. Complex and subtle. Full body and very fine tannins with walnuts, berries and citrus fruit undertones. A wine with verve and fruit intensity. Drink or hold.

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VinousThe 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill is rich and explosive, with tons of concentration, depth and structure. Dark blue and black fruit, mocha, smoke, menthol, licorice and spices all burst from the glass as this huge, tannic Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its pure class. Readers will have to be patient with the 2012, a wine that will blow the roof off the house with its unbridled power.

Antonio Galloni