Chappellet Grower Collection Dutton Ranch Vineyard , Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2017
Wine Enthusiast 94/00: This vineyard-designate wine offers an inviting array of white pepper, cardamom and rose petal. Layered in complex, interwoven tannins and oak, it has tension and freshness in abundance, with deft flavors of stone, plum and dark cherry.
Wine & Spirits 92/00: This wine’s velvet richness has the dark savor of roast squab. Its fruit is precisely detailed, with a spectrum of cherry flavors, from skin to flesh to pit. Tight and juicy, this has the earthiness to serve with braised wild duck or other meaty game
Jeb Dunnuck 91/00: Smoked earth, black cherries, Christmas spice, and a hint of potpourri and earth all emerge from the 2017 Pinot Noir Chappellet Grower Collection Dutton Ranch, and it’s a more fleshy, rounded, upfront Pinot Noir compared to the Sonoma Coast and Petaluma release. Nevertheless, it still has good density, as well as ripe tannins, and is an outstanding wine.
Food Pairings: Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon and tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms
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About: For more than four decades, the Chappellet family has been crafting world-class wines from fruit cultivated on the steep, rocky slopes of Napa Valley’s renowned Pritchard Hill. As one of the first wineries to pioneer high-elevation hillside planting, and one of the few remaining great family-owned Napa Valley wineries, Chappellet Vineyard and Winery has influenced generations of vintners. Throughout its history, Chappellet has also established an enduring legacy as one of California’s most acclaimed producers of Cabernet Sauvignon. The Chappellets’ romance with Pritchard Hill began when Donn and Molly Chappellet first glimpsed the mountain’s spectacular vistas in the late 1960s. Inspired by the notion that Bacchus loves the hills, Donn and Molly followed the advice of legendary winemaker Andr? Tchelistcheff and settled on the rocky eastern slopes of the Napa Valley. There, on the mountain?s serene and picturesque hillsides, the Chappellets established their home and winery, raising their children and cultivating the vineyards.