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1974 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 12

  • La Flama Blanca Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 3, 2020 - Classic Cali! Deep, full and beautifully balanced with superb grip and length on the vibrant finish. Wine stayed strong for about an hour to an hour and half before it faded away in its glory.

    Tasted in flight of Sterling Cab, Clos du Val Cab and Beringer Georges de Latour Private Reserve all from 74 Vintage.

  • Cailles wrote: 92 points

    August 7, 2019 - Chappellet vertical (incl. the legendary 1969): They had some issues with the wine as it went to a slight second malo fermentation in the bottle. Still the nose of this wine was incredible. On the palate however it had some flaws, showed a bit fizzy and was not overly long. 92 points for the incredible (96/97) point nose.

    TN: An amazing, deep and precise nose displaying Mouton burnt sugar/roast aromas, coffee, deep cassis and dark forest berries, fresh and candied, some vegetal notes, slight spices. Same aromas along roasted herbs and clearly riper dark fruit. Seems younger, not dominated by tertiary aromatics but a good acidity and a slight fizz more apparent on the palate. Medium+ complexity, medium intensity, medium+ precision, medium- length. Overall well balanced but no stunner and some technical flaws.

    Decanting: A bit of air would not hurt but no extensive decanting necessary.

  • sirpat00 wrote: 92 points

    August 7, 2019 - Chappellet tasting (Napa Grill, Zurich): Part of a Chappellet tasting showing a total of 16 wines including a Prichard Hill mini-vertical (7 vintages from 1969 to 2016) attended by Cyril and Blakesley Chappellet. The one highlight I will never forget was clearly the 1969 Pritchard Hill that knocked me out of my socks. In more recent vintages the 2013-16 representatives come across less extracted and more complex that the 2007-12. The whites were decent but can't compete in the Permier League. Also had a bottle of the 2016 PNV which was unfortunately closed but showed great potential.

    Tasting note:
    A slightly red fruit, dried tobacco and intense roasted coffee beans. A few dried herbs here too. Very early signs of soy sauce point towards limited aging potential from here. Vs 1969 and 1973 this came across as the "oldest" actually. This is not surprising given that the vintage had a bit of an issue, as Cyril explained. Chappellet discovered that the secondary fermentation continued in the bottles (malolactic didn‘t quite finish) and had to recall all bottles already sent to distributors. They poured the juice back into tanks to finish fermentation before re-bottling which resulted in some extra aeration. This was not an issue for magnums, however, which were bottled later when fermentation had already finished.

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  • Capt Cutlass Likes this wine: 97 points

    January 29, 2018 - Not carafed as I feared it would quickly decline - I needn't have worried, it was somewhat tight on opening but went on to gain breadth and momentum during the meal. Brick orange rim but dense and dark otherwise. Initially, oxidized aromas of walnuts which evolved into chocolate praline and then to aged beef. Still retains acidity to balance the sweet core of stewed strawberry and cherry. A stunner, delicious and only 12.7% alcohol. Here is a Napa wine whcih can age 50 years - drink within the next 10 years.

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  • nywine68 Likes this wine: 98 points

    September 13, 2017 - 1974 California Tasting (Cafe Boulud): Hands down the wine of the night by a wide margin. This wine was made by Philip Togni and it's a master piece. Beautiful red stewed cherry fruit with some raspberries too. Awesome complexity. 1974 Cali Cab tasting

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  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2017, Issue #71, The Absolutely Superb 1974 Vintage The Red Wines That Made California Famous

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    May/Jun 2011, Issue #33, Recently Tasted California Wines The Search for Traditionalists Turns Up A Crowd

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/15/2015 (link) 92 points

    (Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon) Bricked medium dark red violet color; very mature, tobacco, dried mushroom, dill nose; mature, dried berry, dried black currant, cherry skin, dill palate; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1974
  • Type Red
  • Producer Chappellet
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

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  • In Cellars 100 (72%)
  • Consumed 38 (28%)

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