Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The most sought-after wine in our portfolio, this limited-production
Cabernet Sauvignon represents the pinnacle of Chappellet
winemaking, and embodies the elegant power and complexity of
Pritchard Hill winegrowing. Like the great Bordeaux wines that
first inspired Donn Chappellet, this wine is crafted by blending
Cabernet Sauvignon with other classic Bordeaux varietals. The
wine was aged for 20 months in 100 percent new French oak, and
for an additional eight months in bottle prior to release.
This exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon is a testament to the mountain
terroir of Pritchard Hill and the exacting viticultural methods applied
to its cultivation. Our 2008 Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon was
blended from a selection of the finest grapes from our most storied
vineyard blocks. The result is a rich and multifaceted wine offering
ripe fruit aromas of blackberry, dark cherry and cola that flow from
the glass. Dark chocolate and espresso notes add depth and definition
to the fruit, while spicy oak aromas of cinnamon, clove and brown
sugar contribute lively top notes to the wine's charming personality.
The palate is rich and mouthcoating, with lingering sweet berry
supported by hints of cedar and anise, which add an intriguing
counterpoint to the fleshy texture. The tannins are seamlessly
integrated, making this a wine with excellent aging potential.
"Tough-edged, earthy and leathery, though deeply concentrated and muscular. Built around a core of dense dark berry fruit, mineral, cedar and graphite, this is not the early-allure charmer it's been in recent years. Best from 2013 through 2022. 2,309 cases made."
Dark Red, very rich, supple, plush and layered cab, has amazing flavor, with tiers of black currant, black cherry, mineral, sage, chocolate. Very full-bodied, and well-structured, with chewy tannins and a long, lingering finish. Still needs time, even after decanting for 2 hours. This is one that will definitely improve with age.
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