2006 Chappellet "Pritchard Hill Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
This is the real deal for Napa Cab! Love the nose of currants, chocolate, licorice, and dried flowers. Wow, this is class. Full and super refined, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Absolutely fabulous, but give this two or three years of bottle age before giving it a try.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The prodigious 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Estate showcases this extraordinary area. Blue fruits intermixed with black raspberries, black currants, blackberries, camphor, spring flowers, and a forest floor-like character contribute to the complex aromatics. Opaque purple-colored, full-bodied, and seamlessly constructed with superb integration of wood, tannin, alcohol, and acidity, this beauty will be even better with 5-7 years of bottle age, and should last 30 or more years. Brilliant wines have emerged from this showcase estate high on Pritchard Hill, which is producing some of the most exciting Cabernets coming out of Napa. As for my estimated aging curves, readers should keep in mind that the 1969 Chappellet made by Philip Togni, at age 40, remains a remarkably young, vibrant wine! (RP)
Firm and concentrated, with taut, vibrant mineral, blackberry, wild berry and black cherry fruit that gives this a rich core of flavors. Deep and concentrated, ending with a long, persistent finish. (JL)
Black cherry, smoke, licorice, plums and incense burst from the glass in Chappellet's 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill. Inky, deep and somber, the 2006 remains quite tannic and in need of further bottle age. The tannins are a bit larger in feel and some angularity remains, yet the 2006 has enough pure depth to drink well for many years. Super-ripe black cherries, mocha, crème de cassis and blackberry jam meld into the opulent, full-throttle finish. This is another dark, brooding wine from Chappellet. Tasting the 2006, it is obvious to see just how far Chappellet has come in recent years. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full ruby-red. Aromas of currant, tobacco, graphite and crushed rock. Sweet, plush and nicely deep, with a silky texture to the flavors of plum, currant and spicecake. Quite sweet, even a bit exotic, for this bottling. Finishes with substantial broad, dusty tannins and plenty of spicy, chocolatey oak. (ST)