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 Vintage2001 Label 1 of 26 
ProducerChappellet (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
VineyardPritchard Hill Estate Vineyard
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2014 (based on 12 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.4 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 39 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by norsktorsk on 5/12/2015 & rated 94 points: Still with several years of cellar time. (144 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/4/2015: consistent notes. remains primary. great example of its type. (517 views)
 Tasted by Dr. Pato on 11/30/2014 & rated 93 points: Cassis nose. Balanced. Kirsch, mocha, and mint. (705 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/9/2014: Deep purple. Nose of black fruit and leather. Deep black fruit and blackberry initially and through the moderate finish. Drinking well, but a bit subdued. (776 views)
 Tasted by stewlawr on 11/7/2014 & rated 92 points: Beautiful Cabernet! Minimal tannin remaining, balanced fruit on the nose and long finish. (754 views)
 Tasted by mflesh on 10/23/2014 & rated 91 points: I think that this wine is a bit over the hill. Decanted for about an hour, and then served. The nose was quite absent until it was decanted. About 30 minutes later, it showed a very typical mountain fruit nose with a dense blackberry core and nice vanilla! There was also a perfume note to the wine that showed up in the nose about 2-3 hours later. The wine was poured into the glass, very dark garnet colored and frothy. Appeared thicker than it was on the entry. The entry is very smooth and silky. The blackberry nose wasn't nearly as powerful on the palate, and a note of grilled meat was there towards the end of the entry. The middle had a rather good amount of density to it, with a very good intense aged blackberry, pie spice, and and licorice. Finishes very abruptly -- the wine just falls off after about 10 seconds, but does have a bit of sediment (or perhaps tannin?) that lingers with you. I think this wine is probably sliding down the hill a bit, which is quite surprising to me because it's the first Chappellet Pritchard I've consumed (ever), and the older Non-Pritchard Cabs seem to hold up a little better than this. I expected this one to be approaching the TOP of the hill. I still think that "drink by 2014" is QUITE incorrect, and would say that 2020 is probably more appropriate. Although the staying power of Chappellet really does surprise me, this one could very well be in a bad place right now and it still could be a 2030 ager. (834 views)
 Tasted by Ridgerunner on 10/4/2014 & rated 93 points: Such a very lively and potent wine with a lot of spice, mineral, dark cherry and black fruits. good for some time to come! (573 views)
 Tasted by JP2 on 6/9/2012 & rated 93 points: Consumed with Paul & Melissa... (3678 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 2/21/2012 & rated 89 points: 2001 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Retrospective (Meadowood, St. Helena, California): Dark ruby color; redolent, baked plum, berry, cedar nose; cedar, oak, ripe berry, baked berry, black fruit palate; medium-plus finish (2642 views)
 Tasted by texag96 on 12/1/2011 & rated 98 points: Fantastic! Huge wine that was still big after being opened nearly 3 hours. This one is here to stay. (3686 views)
 Tasted by Night Train on 11/15/2011 & rated 92 points: Took to a small tasting party. Consensus WOTN. Opened all of ten minutes before drinking. Consistent with my notes a year and a half ago. No signs of age. Lotsa black fruit. Medium body and a terrific finish. Not an over-the-top monster; it was polished, elegant, and sophisticated. Holding up well (no reason to drink right away). (3889 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/7/2011: Decanted for an hour. Deep purple with moderate legs. Dark fruit, black raspberry, leather and cedar in the nose. Black raspberry, black cherry, and hints of forest floor carry through to the long, full, finish. Still pretty primary. There is great presence through the palate, which is subtle, rather than muscular. While drinking well, this should continue to evolve. (3804 views)
 Tasted by BigTarheel on 5/30/2011 & rated 91 points: Layered with lots of dark fruit, violet and pencil lead. Med-full body and still quite youthful with some frim,fine tannins. Probably will benefit from another 5+ years in cellar (3641 views)
 Tasted by norsktorsk on 9/3/2010 & rated 94 points: Deep and dark, rich and balanced. Drinking very nicely right now. (2583 views)
 Tasted by Night Train on 7/24/2010 & rated 92 points: Opened about 1/2 hour before drinking. Berries and mint on the nose. Berries and a hint of coffee on the palate. Medium/full body and a terrific finish. Overriding impression is elegance and sophistication. Delightful, polished wine that has a long life ahead of it. (2708 views)
 Tasted by Oxenham on 7/14/2010 & rated 96 points: Deep, rich and polished. Reminiscent of a fine Bordeaux. Luxurious aromas of mixed crushed berries and black raspberry mingle with wintergreen mint, sage, toffee and a touch of mineral for an altogether stunning and complex bouquet. Bright and focused black raspberry and black cherry fruit saturate the palate with absolute perfect harmony of pure fruit and sturdy tannins. Finishes with lush, lingering fruit. (2986 views)
 Tasted by Squilber on 5/29/2010 & rated 96 points: Awesome. As good as advertised. A blow away Cabernet Sauvignon - big, dark, complex and tasty. Dark delicious fruit and red berries are combined with oak, spice and mouth puckering tannins. The finish goes on and on. I cellared this for 6 years and brought with us for dinner at the Capital Grill, where I had this with the bone-in Kona encrusted NY Sirloin. A sublime experience of synergy. This will last another 5 years...at least. (3071 views)
 Tasted by cns on 11/9/2009 & rated 92 points: Big Cab. Very nice wine -- but could still use another 2-4 years. Very enjoyable now, but tannins not completely integrated yet. (3330 views)
 Tasted by edjDelray on 10/31/2009 & rated 92 points: This was a BIG Cabernet. There is full body with plenty of tanins. This will be much better in 5-10 years. I decanted this for 2 hours and it improved over the next 2-3 hours. It could have been open all day. I prefer to wait on this on and predict a higher rating down the line. WAIT (3369 views)
 Tasted by mjfaulkner on 5/9/2009 & rated 94 points: Sublime cab. Lots of sediment. Cassis, licorice on nose. Deep dark and rich. Tannins in check while drinking with Chateaubriand. I think this is in the prime of its drinking window- I'll drink my last bottle before the end of the year. (3613 views)
 Tasted by TRS-Wine on 5/2/2009 & rated 96 points: simply awesome. far better than WS score. i agree w/ CG rating & review (3759 views)
 Tasted by Wink on 4/11/2009 & rated 95 points: Popped and poured. Drank over 2 hours. Dark purple. Lovely nose of dark fruit, cedar and loam. Medium bodied palate of cassis, plum, blackberry, mocha, and toasty oak. Excellent length. Pleasant acidity and sweet tannins. Beautifully balanced, elegant wine. This was my last bottle. (3716 views)
 Tasted by davidandrose on 4/14/2007 & rated 94 points: Decanted and allowed to sit for an hour, then consumed over 3 hours. Inky purple in color, medium-heavy weight. Dark fruits on the nose and palate, with a dusty mouthfeel and fine tanins, the wine continued to assimilate its components during the evening, and overall was an excellent wine. As much as I enojed it, this was the wine that had me drop off the Chappellet mailer when I found the Club Price of $90+ was undercut by $20 in both some local stores and on-line auctions, and the winery didn't try to apologize or make good. However, I'd put this on a value par with similarly-priced Monty's and Dalla's. (4147 views)
 Tasted by norsktorsk on 1/19/2007 & rated 94 points: Dark to the edge, earthy nose with some must, full mid palate with tannins not integrated as of yet. We liked this a lot. I will look forward to other bottles perhaps one year at a time. (4419 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/27/2005: [Blue Hill, lamb] Very tight when first opened. Decanted for 2.5 hours, when it began to open and seemed to plateau. Striking fluorescent purple color. Aromas of cassis, ripe red fruit, anise. Concentrated. On the palate blackberry, cherry, chocolate, and spice. Nice structure that suggests a long life. Moderate tannins that are not fully integrated are a reminder of its youth. I knew that I was premature but could not wait. And others suggest, I will wait 5-7 yrs to open my second and last bottle. Overall fanatastic stuff that may merit a score of 96-98 in the future. 92-94 (5068 views)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/21/2012)
(Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard) Dark ruby color; redolent, baked plum, berry, cedar nose; cedar, oak, ripe berry, baked berry, black fruit palate; medium-plus finish  89 points
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