2007 / Chappellet / Mountain Cuvee / Napa Valley / California / Red Wine
Chappellet Winery always seems to over deliver on quality for the price, thanks in large part to the estate’s 100 acres of vines on Pritchard Hill, high above Napa Valley. The Cabernet Blend is rich and seamlessly mouthfilling yet complex and beautifully structured. It’s ready to drink in the short term – it brought out the best in the beef – but will do fine in the cellar for a few years. I rated it 92 points, non blind. It sells for $29 [suggested retail], a bargain by most Napa standards. At http://www.wineontheway.com/20chprblmocu.html this bottle can be yours for $20!!!
A terrific bargain in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and the rest equal parts Petit Verdot and Malbec offers a subtle toasty oak note intermixed with espresso roast, chocolate, black currants, and black cherries. It possesses soft, velvety tannins, medium to full body, and beautiful purity, texture, and length. Approachable now, it should evolve easily for 15 or more years. This is a sleeper of the vintage. At wineontheway.com this is a steal at $28. I have seen it at retail stores for over $40.
What an outstanding effort by this Chateau. While the 2003's are drinking fantastic right now, the 2005 needs more time in the cellar. Even after 6 hours of decanting, the wine still isn't at it's prime. It brings in the classic Pontet Canet's fruit, it also has underlying tones of cedar and pencil. I think this wine needs at least another 5 years of cellaring before it comes all the way through. Drink this wine in 2013, and see what Pontet Canet is all about.
Blind and in Bed; Eroica Wine Lives Up to its Name
Eroica, Erotica, Europa? It’s from Washington State??
The nose was very fresh and clear to me; void of sweet coyness, no honeys, but a cool mineral earthiness. With a Riesling, I expected the sweeter, but the ideal of the dry Riesling came to my mind. Like the color, the first mouthful caught me by surprise. It also was light and fresh, when I had thought to expect a thicker heavier feel. A bright hint of zest and spice exploded and was immediately followed by the cooling sweetness of Eroica. True to its nature, no one really could say it was a dry wine; it could only be a Dry Riesling and I was pleased that I opened it after dinner as the Sheppard’s Pie I made tonight would not have been spicy enough. Still, though, the Chateau Ste. Michelle held its own with a real drinkable delicious flavor. Eroica does not have a Wine Advocate Rating of 91 just based on a great sexy name.
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