Exciting aromas of Meyer lemon, white apricot and peach, blend with citrus and toasted hazelnut for an exciting palate. Refreshing acidity guides this wine along the entire way, leading to a long, satisfying finish. Another pure winner from Chappellet that is sure to please the Chardonnay crowd.
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.
Coming all from the cooler Carneros region of Napa, the 2018 Chardonnay El Novillero went completely through malolactic fermentation and was aged in 38% new French oak. Spiced orchard fruits, lemon curd, white flowers, and a touch of salty minerality all define the bouquet of this medium-bodied white, which has a wonderful purity to it, good balance, and integrated acidity.