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Chappellet Winery

Wine label of Chappellet 2008 Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, our wine of the week

2008 Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal/Style: Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, CA
Vintage: 2008
Winemaker: Phillip Corallo-Titus
Rating: 15/20
Retail Price: $135

Tasting Notes: The Chappellet vineyard's unique features of rugged, rocky soil and eastern exposure give the grapes a very particular terroir, a feature Chappellet focuses on bringing out in all its wines. The 2008 Pritchard Hill Cabernet leans more in style toward Bordeaux than classic Napa Cabernet. On the nose, it boasts a complex bouquet of black cherries and currants, chocolate, espresso and menthol. The wine's flavors are rich and ripe with teasing red fruit acidity and layers of hazelnut, chocolate, clove and coffee. It is an incredibly mouth-filling drink that lingers long with notes of spice. (Date tasted 06/30/11)

Wine of the Week July 4, 2011:
2008 Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

Also see our Tasting Notes for other Chappellet wines:
2000 Pritchard Hill Cabernet Franc
2005 Napa Valley Merlot
2005 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Chardonnay
2006 Merlot
2006 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Chardonnay
2007 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Cabernet Franc
2009 Malbec
2009 Napa Valley Chardonnay

Chappellet's Pritchard Hill estate vineyards in Napa Valley, California

Profile: The Chappellet family has been crafting wines from their Pritchard Hill estate vineyards since 1967. Spurred by the notion that Bacchus loves the hills and that mountain fruit would make superior wine, Chappellet followed the advice of legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff and settled on the rocky eastern slopes of the Napa Valley. The Chappellets were the first to plant vineyards exclusively on high elevation hillsides and the second winery to be established in the Napa Valley after Prohibition.

1581 Sage Canyon Rd.
St. Helena, CA 94574
Phone: 707-963-7136
Web site:

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