This is the wine to choose when you're looking for
vivid, mouth-filling fruit flavors. Our Mountain
Cuvee is a winemaker's blend that beautifully
expresses the distinctive qualities of the traditional
Bordeaux varietals, and is crafted for early
consumption. Each component making up the cuvee
contributes nuances that mingle with and
complement each other. The result is a complex array of aromas and flavors that deliver pure pleasure in a glass.
Our 2008 Mountain Cuvee is vibrant and harmonious,
displaying the complexity of a classic Bordeaux blend,
with all the appealing richness of great California
winegrowing. The nose offers an immediate rush of
sun-ripened fruit and spice that spills from the glass,
highlighting notes of dark cherry, plum, cinnamon,
mocha and toasted oak. On the palate, abundant black
cherry and cola flavors are supported by soft, rich
tannins and a supple texture that leads to a long,
Cabernet Sauvignon 52%; Merlot 43%; Petit Verdot 3%; Malbec 1%; Cabernet Franc 1%
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.
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It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Within the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Typical, great Napa taste. I brought this to a wine tasting party based on a recommendation of a trusted source with similar taste. Rules of the party were that it had to be red and less than $30. Everyone brought two bottles. Everyone blind tasted one bottle and rated them. At the end the person who brought the highest rated bottle got to take home the second bottle that everyone brought. This was a clear winner. It wasn't that complex but the tast was perfect and simple so that a less experienced in reds pallet would enjoy it. Great wine when introducing someone to red wine.
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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.