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2002 Chappellet - Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 95 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 46611-2002-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($120) Saturated medium ruby. Deep aromas of black raspberry, cassis, dark chocolate, violet and rooty spices. Lush and thick on entry, then suave, rich and seamless in the middle, with mouthfilling flavors of black raspberry, smoky tobacco, pepper and herbs. Firm, dusty tannins and sound acids give this nicely balanced, very long wine a solid spine for aging. Also tasted: 2003 Chenin Blanc |Dry| Napa Valley, 2004 Chardonnay Napa Valley.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2006
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Chappellet's 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill has gone from strength to strength since I first tasted it seven years ago. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and the rest Malbec, the wine has put on weight and offers up an absolutely stunning nose of acacia flowers, melted licorice, blueberry liqueur, and lead pencil shavings. The oak is well-integrated and has nearly disappeared. The wine is full-bodied, with a beautifully rich mouthfeel that builds incrementally and has nothing out of place. With its velvety tannins and superb purity, this wine is a gorgeous example of higher-elevation hillside Cabernet Sauvignon. Accessible now, it still has another 12-15 years of age ahead of it.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Dense, rich and concentrated, with exotic spice and cedary, leathery mocha-laced oak aromas, this intense, potent young wine is brimming with currant, blackberry and wild berry flavors. Tight and focused, it keeps its focus on a beam of ripe fruit, ending with fresh earth and leather.
    Author: James Laube
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  • Founded in 1967, Chappellet is one of the most established family-owned wineries in California. The portfolio of wines is still remarkably focused on what got them where they are today. Estate-grown Chardonnay and Cabernet are still the benchmarks here. Sited on the slopes of Pritchard Hill overlooking Lake Hennessey on the eastern side of Rutherford, neighbors include renowned producers Colgin, David Arthur, Girard, Long and Ovid.

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    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned variety that is high in color, flavor, tannin, and body, displaying aromas of black currant, blackberry, violet, bell pepper, and black cherry. It is late-ripening and therefore struggles to grow in cool climates. Quality can vary tremendously depending on terroir, vineyard management, and winemaking style, with the highest quality wines coming from the Haut-Médoc and Graves in Bordeaux, and Napa and Sonoma in California.

    The powerful flavors, tannin, and body of Cabernet Sauvignon make it well suited to ageing and allow it to stand up to a large proportion of new oak without overpowering the wine. 225-litre barriques are the most popular size barrel and French oak is commonly used by the best producers to add structural complexity and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and clove to the nose and palate. The best wines, many of which are below, can age further in the bottle for decades.

    Old-World Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Merlot, which ripens earlier than Cabernet and adds plum, softer tannin, and lighter body to this Bordeaux blend. These wines typically have earth-driven aromas such as wet leaves and truffle along with bell peppers and leather. First-Growth producers such as Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Margaux consistently produce some of the highest-quality Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.

    New-World Cabernet Sauvignon is seen both as a blend and single varietal. Warmer climates and long sunlight hours result in an extended growing season, bearing grapes with richer fruit, bigger tannin, higher alcohol, and lower acidity than their Old-World counterparts. Some of the best expressions of these full-bodied wines come from producers like Screaming Eagle, Hundred Acre, Schrader and Scarecrow.

    All Cabernet Sauvignon pairs phenomenally well with meat-forward dishes such as rib-eye steak, short ribs, lamb shank, or a cheeseburger. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring mushrooms are also a great choice for this variety. 

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 41 bottles owned
    • 19 collectors