- Producer: Chappellet Winery - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Phillip Corallo-Titus
- Region (AVA): Pritchard Hill (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc
- Winery location: Pritchard Hill
- Owners: The Chappellet Family
- First vintage: 2003
- Drinking window: 2019-2029
About The Wine:
Blended from the traditional Bordeaux varietals, the Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor’s Blend builds on five decades of experience crafting great Napa County mountain-grown wines. Each component varietal in the cuvée contributes nuances that complement each other. The result is a complex array of aromas and flavours that deliver pure pleasure in a glass. Made for more near-term enjoyment, this is the wine to choose when you’re looking for vivid, mouthfilling fruit flavours.
The 2018 vintage delivered ideal growing conditions that were reminiscent of the exceptional 2012 and 2016 vintages. Perfectly timed spring rains saturated the soils, and were followed by moderate weather, with almost no days of heat above 100° F throughout the summer. Because the phenomenal growing conditions yielded a larger-than-average crop, the winemaking team at Chappellet did as many as three to four thinning passes between June and August, aggressively dropping fruit to fine-tune the crop load. The temperate conditions continued late into the season, providing abundant hangtime, and ensuring ideal flavor development and the retention of excellent natural acidity. As a result, our 2018 wines offer beautiful colour, concentration and weight, with lovely varietal purity.
Chappellet Winery Mountain Cuvée Proprietor's Blend 2018
"This well-made blend leads with 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, adding in 33% Merlot and smaller amounts of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Creamy in cassis and vanilla, it exudes brooding blueberry flavors that wrap around sage, leather and cigar, the tannins burly and thick."
90 points, The Wine Enthusiast (July 2021)