2006 Chappellet Napa Valley Merlot

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90 points Wine Spectator: "Supple yet complex, with red currant, cedar and spicy-mocha aromas and rich black cherry and bell pepper flavors that linger with soft tannins. Drink now through 2013. " (Web only, 2009) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Lovely, with the structure and mouth-filling satisfaction of a fine Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, but lighter and more pliant. Shows flavors of cherries, red currants, licorice, beef teriaki and sandalwood, wrapped into firm but finely etched tannins. Now–2012." (09/09) 90 points Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "his very solid Merlot has an extra edge of structure probably owing as much to its hillside site as to its small addition of other varieties, and while its flavors are all Merlot red cherry, it does get a bit tough in the late going. Time is on its side, however, and with the proven track record of Chappellet reds, no one should have any reluctance to let it rest for three to five years in the cellar." (09/09) Chappellet's Merlot comes from the winery's Pritchard Hill vineyard and is aged for 19 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels. Small amounts of Cab and Malbec add to the wine's structure and give it breadth across the palate. Concentrated with silky tannins, the Chappellet Merlot entices with raspberry, cherry and peppery aromas. Dark fruit layers with brown sugar, smoke, pepper and licorice flavors that linger on the decadent palate.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.