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15 Mar 2018

Do you know Pritchard Hill?

Do you know Pritchard Hill?

Author: Vintage Wine  /  Categories: Tastings  /  Rate this article:

Event date: 4/25/2018 Export event

Napa Valley has 16 official American Viticultural Areas (AVA) – defined grape growing areas in America.  AVAs help provide wine growing regions with boundaries and recognition.  Some Napa AVAs include Rutherford, Carneros, Calistoga and Yountville.  For example, Rutherford wines generally are similar to other Rutherford wines, but usually different than Carneros wines.  AVAs help promote identity and differentiation and help consumers.


Curiously there is an area of Napa that doesn’t have an official AVA designation, but is producing some of the most sought after wines in Napa.  Heavy-weight wineries such as Colgin, Bryant Family, David Arthur and Chappellet reside in this area, and there are a few newer wineries such as Gandona, Nine Suns, Brand and Continuum from this area that are the darlings amongst wine savvy collectors.   All these wineries have wines fetching $200+ per bottle.  Pritchard Hill is a hotbed of high quality, trendy wineries in Napa.


The area is loosely, not legally, known as Pritchard Hill.  Since Pritchard Hill isn’t an AVA and have official boundaries, Pritchard Hill’s location isn’t easily defined, but generally it is on the Eastern side of Napa Valley in the Vaca Mountains.  If you are at Dalle Valle winery near the intersection of Silverado Trail and Oakville Cross Road and look to the east and up the mountain, you will find what is known as Pritchard Hill.  It varies in elevation from 800’ to 2,000’ and is surrounded by Oakville, Howell Mountain, Stags Leap District, Rutherford and Chiles Valley.


Besides the general location, scores, high prices, scarcity and collectability, what else do Pritchard Hill wineries have in common?  Bordeaux varieties, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, are featured.  The wines tend to be deep, dark, rich, powerful and opulent, but these descriptions can be used for just about any top end wine coming from Napa Valley.  Do Pritchard Hill wines have a commonality to them that can be defined?   We will find out when we taste the wines from Pritchard Hill.


David Long (owner) and/or Sean Gallagher (sales manager) from David Arthur will be visiting and moderate the tasting.



2014 David Arthur Elevation 1147

2012 Brand Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Gandona Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill

2013 Continuum Estate




WHAT:             Pritchard Hill Wine Dinner

WHEN:            Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6pm

WHERE:           12th Avenue Grill Private Room

HOW:              Please make reservations at Vintage Wine Cellar (808-523-WINE or vintagewinecellar@hawaii.rr.com).

COST:              $155 + tax per person.  Includes approximately 2-2.5oz pour of each of the six wines listed above and a full meal prepared by 12th Avenue Grill.  Full payment must be made at time of reservation.  Refunds will only be issued to cancellations made at least 48 hours prior to the event.



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