2007 Chappellet "Pritchard Hill Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Leaping out of the glass with its intensely fruity, keenly focused, layered aromas of black currants, hints of blackberries and crème caramel all tightly wrapped up in youthful vivacity that screams 'aging potential,' this deep and dramatic effort delivers an equally full measure of generous yet barely evolved flavor on the palate. Its full and supple yet somewhat fleshy palatefeel is may invite early drinking, but its underlying structure insures that it will improve for years to come.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill boasts glorious notes of flowers, blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, plums and incense. Full-bodied and layered with tremendous depth as well as purity and that nobility of great Cabernet Sauvignon that very few regions in the world can achieve, this youngster, although approachable and seductive now, should evolve for 25-30 more years. (RP)
*Top 100 Cellar Selections 2010* This is a monster Cabernet, in the best sense. Comprised of all five Bordeaux varieties, it’s bone dry, enormously complex and firmly masculine, with very big, hard tannins. Concentration on the flavors shows layers of blackberries, black currants, blueberries, mocha, violets, sweet charred oak and a firm grounding of minerals. An outstanding wine from the Pritchard Hill region east of the Silverado Trail, but one that needs cellar time to resolve the tannins. Better after 2013, and should develop for many years after that.
Sleek, rich and intense, this beautifully balanced red offers a complex mix of black currant and black cherry, red and black licorice. Firm, focused, expansive and layered, ending with classic Bordeaux-like cedar, tobacco and cigar box notes. Drink now through 2020.
Love the licorice, tar, and spices on the nose here. Full bodied, with super silky tannins and a long, long finish. I love the currants and raspberries on the finish, a real classy wine. Pull the cork after 2013.