|Chappellet Winery has a long tradition of making superb Napa Valley Cabs. The Chappellet family began making wine in Napa from their Pritchard Hill winery in 1967.
The Chappellet vision was to create world class wines that would have the same depth and complexity as some of the finest Bordeaux wines. Instead of settling on the valley floor, they decided to plant vines on the rocky mountain slopes on the eastern face of the California valley.
There, the family farms 34 distinct vineyard blocks - each with a different soil type, elevation, sun exposure and clone of grape. Most blocks are kept separate for the entire wine-making process and only combined at the end in the final blend.
Made in a very earth friendly style, 90% of their vineyards are certified organic. Instead of using pesticides and synthetic chemicals, the winery uses a variety of natural methods including cover crops, bird boxes and natural compost (of which they produce about 400,000 pounds annually). Their farming equipment is retrofitted to run on 50% bio-diesel and the only water the winery uses is the runoff that's captured and held in the winery's own reservoir. In 2008, the winery installed 960 solar panels that produce 280,000 kilo-watt hours of electricity - enough to power the entire winery.
Aromas of minty blueberries, crème de cassis and espresso beam from the glass. Good grip and supple tannins give the wine structure, while the plum and blueberry flavors absolutely shine on the mid-palate. A big wine that is not at all shy, serve this with a hearty barbecue and grilled fare.