Yes, we’re starting to sound like a broken record, but is this the Napa Valley’s finest Chenin Blanc? From Chappellet’s 12-year old vines on Pritchard Hill, this is elegant and lively, with a complex and alluring nose of lychee, orange blossom, peach, apricot, lemongrass and white pepper. Vibrant acidity adds precision to cascading notes of fresh citrus and minerals in a succulent, snappy finish. Chardonnay lovers, check this one out for a change of pace!
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.