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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Chimney Rock Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Chimney Rock Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 99196)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 vintage represents another great vintage in the Stags Leap District. At Chimney Rock this was a particularly luxurious year because we had a tank to dedicate to every vineyard block for the first time since the planting of our last nine holes of the golf course. Overall we experienced an interesting set of conditions this harvest - rain and wind, cold and heat. In the end, Cabernet Sauvignon, sturdy grape that it is, will reign over all of our challenges - small resilient berries, filled with flavor and strength. Our 2006 Stags Leap District Cabernet is a great representative of the vintage. We've described the 2005 vintage as "dark and brooding." If we had to pick two words to describe 2006 they would be "bright and sassy."

This wine has bright red fruit aromas -- bing cherries come to mind. In tandem with the extroverted fruit -- some sassy spices such as clove and even a hint of cinnamon. All of that layered with some vanilla and a hint of coffee bean.

Lively is the first word that comes to mind. Mouth-watering juiciness at the front palate are followed by a palate coating middle. Tannins -- velvety as expected. Long finish.

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About Chimney Rock Winery:

Situated on the famed Silverado Trail in Napa Valley's renowned Stags Leap District, Chimney Rock is recognized as one of the world's premier fine wine producers. Chimney Rock was established in 1980 with the goal of creating wines that would compete against the best Bordeaux. The estate's location in the Stags Leap District, Napa Valley's smallest and most acclaimed sub-appellation, allows winemaker, Elizabeth Vianna to capture this unique terroir and create wines that rival the most important wines of the world. Chimney Rock is a Terlato Family winery and embodies the family's dedication to producing wines of exceptional quality.