2013 Mtn Cuvee Tasting Notes

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2013 Mtn Cuvee Tasting Notes
2013 Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor’s Blend
WINEMAKER PHILLIP CORALLO-TITUS
THE WINE
Blended from the traditional Bordeaux varietals, including our own coveted
decades of experience crafting great Napa County mountain-grown wines.
Each component varietal in the cuvée contributes nuances that complement
pleasure in a glass. Made for more near-term consumption, this is the wine to
GROWING SEASON & HARVEST
2013 was one of the most idyllic growing seasons we have seen in many
years, with picture-perfect weather from spring through harvest. Though
late-2012 rains provided enough water to ensure adequate soil moisture,
drought-like conditions throughout the 2013 growing season limited vine
vigor and allowed us to further fine-tune our viticultural techniques. With
temperatures that were neither too hot, nor too cold, we achieved ideal
ripeness, while still preserving excellent acidity. With no threat of rain or heat
events near harvest, we were able to pick all of our grapes precisely when we
wished.
TASTING NOTES
The aromas are rich and enticing, with concentrated layers of blueberry and
blackberry, as well as notes of baking spice and toasted wood from aging in
French oak barrels. Subtle hints of dark chocolate, bay leaf and black pepper
round out the aromas. On the plush, rich palate, this wine is immediately
hedonistic and satisfying. Mouthcoating flavors of black cherry and cassis are
layered with clove and vanilla, while integrated tannins give balance and
structure to this complex blend of Bordeaux varietals.
WINE STATISTICS
Harvested September 15 – October 25, 2013
26.0° Brix at Harvest
14.9 % Alcohol
TA .58 g/100 ml
pH 3.78
43% Merlot
34% Cabernet Sauvignon
11% Petit Verdot
7% Malbec
5% Cabernet Franc
Chappellet Vineyard . Pritchard Hill .1581 Sage Canyon Road . St. Helena, CA 94574 . 707-963-7136 . www.chappellet.com