Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake

Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


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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
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Chappellet
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
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Jeb Dunnuck 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 liking 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 to be forgotten for 7-8 years, but will keep for 4-5 decades. Bravo!

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Wine AdvocateA blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot and 8% Malbec, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill has gone a little reticent at this stage, offering quiet notions of blackberry pie and blueberry tart with sparks of dried herbs, earth and savory/meaty suggestions. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated with a built-like-a-brick-house structure framing the massive fruit, it finishes long with exotic spices coming through.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, May 31, 2018
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VinousThe 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill is dense, powerful and voluptuous in the glass, and yet it very much retains a classic sense of structure that is one of the signatures of Chappellet wines. Dark red-toned fruit, licorice, smoke, dark spice and dried flowers all meld together. Sumptuous and forward, with terrific depth, the 2015 has a lot to offer. The 100% new French oak is beautifully integrated, even at this early stage. A year ago, the 2015 was hugely tannic. Since then, the tannins have softened and the 2015 has developed into a much more elegant wine. (AG)

Antonio Galloni
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Wine EnthusiastThis is a powerfully concentrated and constructed wine, with 14% Petit Verdot and 8% Malbec. Dark, inky and reductive, it offers waves of tar, leather and toasted oak within sinewy tannins. Chewy black fruit is structured around wild elements of cedar, dried herb and sage, with lingering notes of clove. This is one to let settle; enjoy best from 2025-2030.

Virginie Boone, December 1, 2019
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Wine SpectatorBold 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.

James Molesworth, August 31, 2019