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Chappellet Vineyard

Chappellet Vineyard The Chappellet's romance with Pritchard Hill started when Donn and Molly Chappellet first glimpsed its spectacular vistas. Perched 1,200 feet above the floor of the Napa Valley, the atmosphere at the Chappellet family's winery and Pritchard Hill estate vineyards is serene and peaceful. You can't help but fall in love with the breathtaking views and the gentle mountain Donn and Molly Chappellet made their home. The Chappellet family has been crafting world class 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. The foundation of Chappellet winemaking program is focused on creating extraordinary age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon that expresses the unique characteristics of the fruit from Pritchard Hill. The rugged terroir of Chappellet's vineyards produces wines with great intensity and finesse, qualities that define the world's finest wines. For three decades Chappellet's wines have received high praise from wine critics and have been sought after by the world's premier collectors. Today the six Chappellet children share their parent's romance with Pritchard Hill's harsh soils and magnificent views. They are passionate about preserving the land by using sustainable farming techniques and continuing what their parents started: making extraordinary wines that express the distinctiveness of Pritchard Hill.

From the Silverado Trail take Highway 128 - Sage Canyon Road - EAST toward Lake Berryessa and Winters. Drive approximately 3.5 miles; you will see a boat launch and parking lot on the left. Across from the parking lot there are three driveways. Turn right at the third driveway. There will be several large boulders and row of silver mailboxes labeled “Pritchard Hill”. Follow the driveway uphill for 1.5 miles. Follow the “Chappellet” and “Winery” signs. Walkway to winery reception is on your immediate right at the base of the parking area.

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1581 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena, CA, US, 94574 Email:
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  Dry Chenin Blanc
Tantalizing fruity aromas of green apple and melon are accompanied by delicate floral notes and hints of fresh cut hay. Mouth-filling flavors of nectarine, apple and citrus mingle seamlessly with fresh acidity. The wine is elegantly balanced yet full flavored, finishing with subtle mineral flavors and gentle notes of honey and nuts.
  Mountain Cuvee
Complex aromas of cherry, blackberry, and cedar mingle with bay leaf and a touch of white pepper on the nose. Subtle notes of oak and baking spice add sweetness to the aromas. On the palate, a nice blend of red and black fruits is followed by delicate herbal tones and hints of earth and forest floor. Soft, integrated tannins give structure and supple texture to the palate, making the wine immensely enjoyable even in its youth.
  Napa Valley Chardonnay
An aromatic mélange of ripe fruit, oak spice and creamy sweetness greets the nose. Concentrated fruit aromas of pear, pineapple and nectarine are enhanced by a lively dash of lemon zest. Upon tasting, waves of rich pineapple, lemon, nutmeg and toasted oak are framed by lively, crisp acidity. The mouthfeel is rich, with abundant fruit character and a mouth-filling creaminess.
  Napa Valley Merlot
The fruit and spice aromas carry through flawlessly to the flavors, opening with ripe black cherry, black raspberry, and cassis. Cinnamon, anise and a floral lavender note add to the complexity. Sweet, toasty oak is also layered in both the nose and mouth. The wine is excellently balanced with firm tannins, bright acidity and a long finish hinting of black olive and dried herbs.
  Old Vine Cuvee
Brilliant notes of citrus blossom with fresh apple and peach aromas are presented in the nose. Background notes of hazelnut and fresh cut hay add elements of complexity. This vintage again carries the classic Chenin Blanc characteristics of vibrant citrus fruit, crisp acidity and a minerally edge, creating bright, complex and refreshing flavors. Notes of green apple and roasted nuts round out this enticing wine.
  Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Exceptionally deep and rich, the 2003 release displays the legendary complexity of this varietal. Aromas of currant and anise harmonize with rich layers of spice and dark chocolate. Elegant flavors of red fruits and black tea are framed by intriguing nuances of forest and loamy earth. The lingering finish reveals potent layers of ripe fruit and sweet oak.
  Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine opens with inviting ripe fruit aromas of blackberries, black cherry and plum. Chocolate, espresso and oak spice add depth and richness. Background notes of black pepper and cedar add complexity to the nose. Flavors of sweet berries mingle with anise, coffee and toasted French oak. The texture is rich and mouth-filling, with firm, integrated tannins adding structure and finesse to the palate. The closing notes are long and lingering, with flavors of concentrated fruit and spice.
  Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
Expressive notes of blackberry, cassis, and vanilla harmonize in the opening aromas. Hints of sweet chocolate and flashy oak add opulence and complexity. Big, rich Cabernet character expands on the palate, with sumptuous layers of ripe dark fruits, herb and spicy cedar. Firm yet balanced tannins provide structure and texture in this fully ripe and extracted Cabernet Sauvignon.
  Signature Chardonnay
Captivating fruit aromas of lemon, quince and pineapple blend nicely with notes of orange blossom and vanilla. Rich flavors of pineapple and dried mango mingle with complex notes of hazelnut and toasted bread. French oak and creaminess from the malolactic fermentation are subtly layered with the fruit, while crisp acidity adds tone and brightness to the flavors and finish.


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