Chappellet Chardonnay 2005
Ripe and forward on the nose, the wine displays enticing fresh fruit aromas of pineapple, tangerine and pear with a dash of lemon zest. Hints of creaminess, from malolactic fermentation, blend nicely with the oak notes of clove and nutmeg, producing a wine with layers of complexity. The palate is round and lush with concentrated fruit and a subtle layer of oak spice. The natural acidity of these cool climate Chardonnay grapes gives the wine a firm structure and a refreshing finish.
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.