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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 117846)
green wine
collectible wine
has fluid
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Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 97 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With a remarkable level of concentration and complexity, and a sense of place that speaks volumes about Chappellet vineyards, this wine represents the very best from an exceptional vintage on Pritchard Hill. From its dark, incredibly saturated color to its intense aromas of baked blackberry, dark cherry, crème de cassis, plum and anise this wine is layered, rich and sophisticated. On the palate, notes of espresso, dark chocolate and toasted oak, support beautiful ripe fruit and spice flavors, with seamless, mouthcoating tannins adding power and longevity. Despite its epic nature, there is also a liveliness and radiance to this wine that gives it poise, precision and balance.
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About Chappellet Winery:

For more than four decades, the Chappellet family has been crafting world-class wines from fruit cultivated on the steep, rocky slopes of Napa Valley's renowned Pritchard Hill. As one of the first wineries to pioneer high-elevation hillside planting, and one of the few remaining great family-owned Napa Valley wineries, Chappellet Vineyard and Winery has influenced generations of vintners. Throughout its history, Chappellet has also established an enduring legacy as one of California's most acclaimed producers of Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Chappellets' romance with Pritchard Hill began when Donn and Molly Chappellet first glimpsed the mountain's spectacular vistas in the late 1960s. Inspired by the notion that Bacchus loves the hills, Donn and Molly followed the advice of legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff and settled on the rocky eastern slopes of the Napa Valley. There, on the mountain’s serene and picturesque hillsides, the Chappellets established their home and winery, raising their children and cultivating the vineyards.

Since being founded by Donn and Molly in 1967, Chappellet has earned acclaim championing the robust power and complexity of wines crafted from mountain grapes. At the same time, Chappellet has helped to establish Pritchard Hill as one of California’s most revered winegrowing sites. To honor the mountain's rich, expressive character, the winemaking team focuses on creating extraordinary, age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignons that embody the intensity and finesse of fruit from Pritchard Hill.