- Producer: Chappellet Winery - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Phillip Corallo-Titus
- Region (AVA): Pritchard Hill (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, 8% Malbec
- Vintage production:
- Winery location: Pritchard Hill
- First vintage: 1997
- Drinking window: 2026-2066
About The Wine:
The most sought-after wine in Chappellet's portfolio, this limited-production Cabernet Sauvignon represents the pinnacle of Chappellet's winemaking and embodies the elegant power and complexity of Pritchard Hill winegrowing. Like the great Bordeaux wines that first inspired Donn Chappellet, this wine is crafted by blending Cabernet Sauvignon with other classic Bordeaux varietals.
While the 2015 growing season delivered grapes of exceptional quality, it was a vintage that was light on quantity. With another warm, dry spring, the growing season got off to a fast start. Cold weather during flowering resulted in a significant amount of shatter, resulting in light clusters. Knowing that yields would be down, the team tailored their farming to ensure that they brought out the very best from the small crop. This included methods designed to create homogenous ripening, as well as techniques that limited canopy growth, while providing ideal dappled sunlight on the ripening fruit. A lovely temperate summer allowed the grapes to ripen slowly, while an unhurried harvest ensured that everything was picked at the perfect stage of development, with pristine grapes showing beautiful color, density and depth.
This is a classic expression of mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon that combines exceptional structure and concentration with graceful purity and poise. The aromas reveal deep layers of blackberry, cassis and anise along with notes of cedar and violet. The palate is velvety and rich, with underlying tone and structure. Dark fruit flavours are accompanied by hints of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and oak spice that carry through to a long, satisfying finish.
Chappellet Winery Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
"The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill comes from the estate vineyard on Pritchard Hill and spent 22 months in new French oak. It has a similar level of purity, as well as incredible minerality, to go with notes of crème de cassis, scorched earth, crushed rock, and graphite. Reminiscent of liking a rock with its insane level of minerality, this full-bodied beauty is tight and closed on the palate, yet is just loaded with potential. It’s only for those with cold cellars and needs forgotten for 7-8 years, but will keep for 4-5 decades. Bravo!"
100 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Dec. 2017)