A product of the amazing 2012 growing season, this wine is marked by great concentration and definition, as well as elegance and tone. The nose opens with fresh fruit aromas of ripe citrus, nectarine, and pineapple, accompanied by notes of vanilla, clove, and citrus blossom. Subtle hints of sweet oak and creme fraiche from partial malolactic fermentation add complexity and depth. Though rich and textured, the mouthfeel is perfectly balanced by vibrant acidity. Zesty flavors of citrus, pear, and stone fruits fill the palate and resonate on the long finish.
Vinted & bottled by Chappellet Vineyard, a vineyard owned by Chappellet Winery. The Chappellet family's romance with Pritchard Hill started more than four decades ago when Donn and Molly Chappellet first glimpsed its magnificent vista of forests and wildflower-filled meadows. Inspired by the notion that Bacchus loves the hills, the Chappellets followed the advice of renowned winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff and settled on Pritchard Hill's rocky slopes, becoming the first winery to plant vineyards exclusively on high-elevation hillsides. From these Pritchard Hill vineyards, the Chappellets have been crafting extraordinary, age-worthy wines since 1967, which reflects the pioneering spirit that has shaped a magical patchwork of vineyards from Napa to Sonoma. In the footsteps of the intrepid surveyor Leon Cervantes, Chappellet climbed rugged hillsides and traversed valley floors to create this extraordinary wine.