Absolutely riveting aromas of currants, cocoa, very rich oak and layers of minerals and loamy earth set this serious wine apart from the rest of the field from the very first sniff, and its opulent, fully stuffed flavors make good on the promise. It is as deep and as rich as any of the Cabernets under current review, and its stands among the very best of the vintage when it comes to structure, balance and wine-making polish as well. A convincingly ageworthy wine that will grow for a decade or more, it is nothing short of a tour de force effort and confirms Chappellet's pre-eminent place as a maker of superb Cabernet Sauvignon.
Your first impression is how concentrated in blackcurrant and cassis fruit this wine is. It’s immense as well in flashy new oak. Then there are the tannins. Gentle and sweet, yet complex as a tapestry, they offer structure to the decadent flavors. This is a real achievement, and as soft as it is, the wine seems balanced enough to do interesting things over the next ten years. *Cellar Selection*
Composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot, the medium brick colored 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard gives intense notes of mocha, cherry cola and dried plums with nuances of baking spices, Sichuan pepper and wood smoke. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannins and plenty of dried plum and exotic spice flavors, finishing a little grippy. (LPB)
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