2018 Chappellet Merlot Napa Valley


2017 sold out fast and we’ve been waiting with baited breath for this vintage ever since. Powerful mountain-grown fruit and a nice long rest in French oak deliver lasting richness and spicy oak, while the addition of other red Bordeaux varieties helps nail down the structure and pull in even more complexity. Chappellet’s been knocking out this beauty since the 70’s and the hits just keep coming.

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.

Phillip Corallo-Titus
22 Months
Oak Treatment:
French oak barrels(40% new)
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
76% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
Alcohol %:
SKU #:
750 ml Bottle

Wine Spectator

Rich and full-bodied, this is loaded with concentrated creaminess to the dark fruit and Asian spice flavors. The long, open-textured finish offers loads of dark chocolate and toast accents.



Blended with 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot, this hearty red is full-bodied with a grip of tannin. The structure provides a framework for dense black olive, game and oak to play alongside a richness of black cherry and cassis.