2017 Chappellet 'El Novillero Grower Collection' Chardonnay Carneros

$49.95
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The well drained rock and gravel soils of this Sangiacomo family planted vineyard produce beautifully concentrated Chardonnay. Wine Advocate was beguiled by its elegance, “The 2017 Chardonnay Grower Collection El Novillero has a lovely nose of white apricot and peach with apple pie, honey toast, toasted hazelnut, wet stone and creamy lemon. Medium-bodied, it packs a punch of flavor in the mouth with great layers of ripe fruits, savory/toasty notes and creamy citrus plus suggestions of white blossoms, with refreshing acidity to lift the long, long flavorful finish. This is all class.” This is Carneros Chardonnay at its opulent, yet finessed, finest. 

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.

Varietal:
Chardonnay
Vintage:
2017
Appellation:
Sonoma
Sub-Appellation:
Carneros
Vineyard:
El Novillero
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Chardonnay
SKU #:
1040664
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Wine Advocate

The 2017 Chardonnay Grower Collection El Novillero has a lovely nose of white apricot and peach with apple pie, honey toast, toasted hazelnut, wet stone and creamy lemon. Medium-bodied, it packs a punch of flavor in the mouth with great layers of ripe fruits, savory/toasty notes and creamy citrus plus suggestions of white blossoms, with refreshing acidity to lift the long, long flavorful finish. This is all class. 675 cases produced.

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Wine Enthusiast

Mineral driven, this impressive wine is lively and layered in apple, pear and brioche, its oak integrated and lightly toasted. A touch of richness gives it additional weight and breadth across the memorable texture and lasting baking spice.”

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Jeb Dunnuck

Also from Carneros, the 2017 Chardonnay Chappellet Grower Collection El Novillero saw a slightly longer elevage of 10 months in barrel followed by four months in tank. Rocking notes of white currants, crushed citrus, brioche, and honeyed lemons all flow to a medium to full-bodied chardonnay that has a fresh, focused, crystalline texture that carries beautiful depth of fruit. It's another high-quality wine from this team that has loads to love

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Vinous

The 2017 Chardonnay Grower Collection El Novillero is a classy, understated wine. Yellow flowers, orchard fruit, mint and lemon confit give this mid-weight Chardonnay lovely polish throughout. I like the precision and understatement here