- Producer: Chappellet Winery - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Phillip Corallo-Titus
- Region (AVA): Pritchard Hill (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot
- Winery location: Pritchard Hill
- First vintage: 1997
- Drinking window: 2022-2052
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. The 2018 was aged for 22 months in 100 percent new French oak. Grown on rocky, mountainside vineyards, Chappellet's Cabernets have consistently displayed an ability to age for several decades.
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 flavors 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 2018
"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. It was aged in 100% new French oak for 22 months. The alcohol weighed in at 14.5%. Deep garnet-purple in color, it charges out of the gate with bold expressions of warm cassis, wild blueberries and black raspberries, plus hints of chocolate box, menthol, tapenade, smoked meats and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is bursting with vibrant black fruits, framed by fantastically ripe, fine-grained tannins and lovely freshness, finishing long and mineral laced."
98+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Nov. 2020)