This first arrived several months back from the winery at $51. Bought another bttl at the local store for a similar price...the wine is now sold-out and Chappellet won't even let their own staff buy or open any more. Found it in a restaurant "Passionfish" in the Monterrey area and enjoyed last night.
Deep deep purple in color. Stains your teeth promptly and will trash a white tablecloth if you're not careful.
Strong black cherry and plum aromas surround the fruity tones, complementary oak as well. These aromas abound in flavors which are light on the tongue, even silky, with a 12-15 second finish that lingers in the back of the mouth. Chocolate is also apparent. Tanins are evident but not overpowering, sufficient to permit several years of easy cellaring. However the tanins and fruit are very well-balanced today.
Excellent wine, 93