- Producer: Chappellet Winery - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Phillip Corallo-Titus
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
- Vintage production: 500 cases
- Winery location: Pritchard Hill
- Owners: The Chappellet Family
- First vintage: 2018
- Drinking window: 2022-2052
About The Wine:
This is astunning new wine from Chappellet, and Lisa Perrotti-Brown (WA) is already a huge fan, calling it a “new, cooler-climate expression of Napa Valley, and I am loving it!”. Like Chappellet’s coveted Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, the Sugarloaf is another ‘Grand Cru’ in the making, and only a few will be able to say they were there from the start…
Chappellet was founded in 1967 by the visionary Donn Chappellet, on Pritchard Hill. He was the first to look up from the Valley floor and see the potential of Napa’s Mountain Ranges, and pioneered the planting of high-elevation vines. Chappellet Winery has consistently set the standard for mountain-grown wines for more than 50 years, earning high praise from critics and a devoted world-wide following among collectors and connoisseurs.
With an unparalleled expertise, winemaker Phillip Titus-Corallo and vineyard manager Dave Pirio strongly feel that the grapes coming from the Sugarloaf Vineyard are some of the best in Napa. They have farmed this spot for many years and are always very excited about the quality. The 2018 fruit was the best they had ever seen so they decided to keep the very best parcels to make a stand alone, single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon for the very first time.This is gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon, brand-new to the World, from one of Napa's greatest Estates... it's screams 'a must-buy!'
Chappellet Winery Mountain Estates Sugarloaf Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Sugarloaf is composed of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. This wine was aged in 100% new French oak barrels. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose needs a little coaxing to begin, soon unfurling to reveal notions of crème de cassis, blueberry pie and mulberries with touches of mocha, Indian spices and lilacs. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has an impressive backbone of super ripe, fine-grained tannins and lovely freshness supporting the muscular black fruit, finishing long and earthy/minerally. This is a relatively new, cooler-climate expression of Napa Valley, and I am loving it!"
96+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advcoate, Oct. 2020)