- Chappellet Mountain Cuvee (Cabernet Blend) 2013 Product #30248 (In Stock)
Founded in 1967, Chappellet quickly established itself as one of Napa’s premier Cabernet estates and the very first to prove the quality of what is now often called Napa’s Grand Cru: Pritchard Hill. The Pritchard Hill Cabernets are still some of Napa’s best and can age for decades – the 1969 is legendary and reportedly still fresh and vibrant today. But, they also usually need years of cellar time before showing well, and Donn and Molly Chappellet wanted fans to have something to drink tonight.
Mountain Cuvee was created to provide immediate satisfaction and delight, all delivered in spades by this outstanding 2013. This year it's 43% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec, and 5% Cab Franc, all aged 12 months in new and used French oak. As always, it's a big, rich, wine with layers of currant, black cherry, blackberry, plum, cedar, smoke, and fresh herb aromas and flavors. The texture is plush and velvety, with the ripe fruit largely hiding the ripe tannins that provide support for enjoying with food or time in cellar. For all its size and depth, there’s nothing heavy or thick about this classic Napa Bordeaux blend, with the freshness of the great 2013 shining through on the long, elegant, finish.
- Chappellet Chardonnay Napa Valley 2013 Product #29476 (In Stock)
Chappellet has been turning out benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon from its vineyards high on Prichard Hill for 40 years now, but it's their Napa Valley Chardonnay that's won the most fans here over the years. The 2013 is made by blending fruit from cool vineyards near San Pablo Bay, the Napa side of Carneros, and a little from Oak Knoll just above Carneros. It's barrel fermented and aged on the lees for creamy richness, but only one-third sees new wood and a bit more than half goes through malolactic fermentation (so the wine stays crisp and fresh).
California's 2013 harvest is shaping up to be an outstanding vintage, and Chardonnay's like this one show you why. The aromas are concentrated and generous, with scents of orange zest, pear, apple, lemon drop and pretty accents of baking spice and vanilla from the oak. In the mouth, it delivers a lush mouthfull of peach and apple fruit with a good dose of lemon custard, creme fraiche, and sweet spice. The finish is clean, bright, and focused with nice apple-like acidity and notes of toast and ginger lingering nicely. This will actually flesh out and get even better over the next few years, although there's certainly no reason to not enjoy it right now! Steal of a price, too.