Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
|Region||California, Napa Valley, St Helena|
Tough-edged, earthy and leathery, though deeply concentrated and muscular. Built around a core of dense dark berry fruit, mineral, cedar and graphite, this is not the early-allure charmer it's been in recent years. Best from 2013 through 2022.
Not showing much pleasure now, it's so tannicly astringent and shut down. Almost rustic, with a heart of blackberries and currants, and bone dry. The tannins are augmented by oak. It takes imagination to conceive of this Cabernet aging, but it probably will.