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Chappellet 1995 "Old Vine Cuvée" Napa Valley Special Select White Wine ($7.49)
This is an interesting entry from Chappellet, whose Dry Chenin Blanc I recently praised. I wish the label were a little more informative about the cuvee, but whatever it is, it's a decent dry white wine and quite a good value. Clear, bright brass color. Pleasant scents of apples and pears and toasty oak, consistent on the palate with fresh, bright fruit, full-bodied and appropriately acidic, with warmth and structure from high (14.1%) alcoholic content. The back label indicates that the wine's made from the fruit of 30-year-old vines located 1,800 feet above the Napa Valley floor on Pritchard Hill, and that it sees time in small oak. But it doesn't mention the specific varietals, and the presence of oak, though well integrated, makes it hard to call. Chenin? Possibly. Or Colombard? Maybe. Does it matter? (Aug. 12, 1997)

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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