2006 Chappellet "Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1049984 97 points James Suckling

 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.  (2/2011)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The medium to deep garnet colored 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard, a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 9% Merlot and 3% Malbec, gives intense scents of wild blueberries, black cherries and warm black currants with touches of cigar box, black olives and menthol. Full-bodied, rich and spicy in the mouth, it has wonderfully ripe, plush tannins, with a lively backbone carrying the concentrated flavors to a long finish. (LPB)  (5/2018)

93 points Vinous

 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)  (10/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A dense, powerful expression of Cabernet, with tiers of currant, blackberry, dusty oak, loamy earth, anise and tobacco notes, yet an elegant lift is apparent in the body and weight. (JL, Web Only-2016)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

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.