2007 Chappellet Mountain Cuvee

  • WHO: Chappellet Winery
  • WHAT: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 1% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
  • WHEN: 2007
  • WHERE: Pritchard Hill, Napa Valley, CA
  • HOW: According to our friend Danny who works at the winery, the grapes went through about 20 days of maceration and were barreled in 40% new oak for 18 months. This allows for some extraction of oak without it being overly assertive.
WHY: This Bordeaux style wine is a mosaic of French & American influences. To start, the complete nose of the Mountain Cuvee is a French wine drinker’s dream. (Specifically speaking, a hot Spaniard with a rockin’ tan and well-placed tattoos… or maybe that’s just ours.) After pulling the cork, the nose shifted and changed like a chameleon – as only the best wines do. It had all of the rich topsoil dust of a Bordeaux bouquet complemented by deeper aromas of cigar box and toasted barrel. Despite a consistent progression, we still knew that even after an hour of decanting, this wine’s secrets were still being kept aggressively guarded. After two hours, the wine only then began to deliver subtle hints of stewed blackberries and figs. We could have spent a full day dissecting the nose without even tasting the wine but where’s the fun in that?The smallest sip of the Mountain Cuvee covers the mouth, front to back, cheek to cheek. The touch of unavoidable, angry alcohol from Napa blends with a soft mosaic of French-inspired features to create a kaleidoscopic, yet complete taste. This is the stuff that Robert Parker’s dreams are made of; California in the front, Bordeaux in the back. Notably, there is a lack of fruit in this wine, but once you peel back the layers of earth, baking chocolate, and mulling spices, you will still find a rich, decadent, and evenly balanced wine.

The Wrap: If you’re a Napa fan with a penchant for the old world, the 2007 Chappellet Mountain Cuvee is for you. As far as “bang for your buck,” it doesn’t get much better. This bottle retails around $25 in savvy wine shops & will stand up to the “big boys” of Napa. We were very fortunate that Danny thought it important for us to try this wine and gifted us this bottle from his private collection. Since then, we’ve probably purchased at least half a case without leaving one bottle in our cellar for proof. Do as we have, and treat yourself well without breaking the bank.

Wine Website: http://www.chappellet.com/

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  • This is one of several excellent wines by Chappellet. As stated above , their wines are amongst the best in their price point. For a few more dollars($45 ish), try their signature Cabernet.
    They are a friendly bunch at the winery and still a small family owned and operated business. They also are involved with several charities in Napa.

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