Chappellet fans, we have the ultimate conversation piece to propose. When we tasted this at Premier Napa Valley this past year, we simply had to have it. Our normally mild-mannered wine director lost his cool and pitched into a bidding war. It’s the finest 5 cases' worth of wine to come from the Chappellet cellar in 2015.
It's a bespoke little gem that was made just for you, a collector's piece expressing the earthy soul of Pritchard Hill — one that only a handful of people in the world can own. Parker described a barrel sample from Pritchard Hill this way:
"A deep, unctuous wine, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill captures the essence of the year in its imposing, concentrated personality. Crème de cassis, graphite, gravel, smoke, spice, cloves and lavender infuse this inky, layered, rich Cabernet Sauvignon. Even with all of its intensity, the 2015 is never heavy or overdone, rather it has all the potential to develop into one of the wines of the vintage."
Only 5 cases produced for the world!
If you asked us for our list of Napa Valley wineries currently making the highest quality, most complete, most consistent, most interesting, most ageworthy wines for the money, Chappellet Winery would be at the top. Consider all the metrics: track record, intrinsic quality, taste of the soil, availability, quality-price rapport, freshness, and visceral excitement. Is this the finest winery, top-to-bottom, in the Napa Valley? Why are the wines so good? First, take a great terroir: volcanic terraces high on Pritchard Hill that were first planted in 1882. It’s no accident that Colgin, Continuum, and Bryant Family set up shop in the neighborhood. Then we have 47 years of accumulated knowledge from some of the best winemaking talent the valley has ever seen: Philip Togni, Joe Cafaro, Tony Soter, Cathy Corison and finally Philip Corallo-Titus, who has been at the winemaking helm since 1990. And finally there’s the huge Chappellet family, dedicated as a team to farm great grapes and make superb wines since 1968.