Chimney Rock Elevage 2007
Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
In 1990, we created the first vintage of our proprietarily named red wine blend: Chimney Rock Elevage. This French word literally means "rearing"or "breeding." When applied to wine, it describes the transition that takes place between fermentation and bottling, suggesting that the winemaker's role is that of a proud parent, who guides the young wine through its critical journey from barrel to bottle. A beautiful Bordeaux style blend from the renowned Stag's Leap District of Napa Valley.
Ruby red in color with a dense purple hue.
Licorice and cassis dominate the aromas but there are delicate hints of mint, coffee and vanilla.
Smooth and round in the palate this wine has density with elegance, power and grace. Long finish with balanced acidity.
Wine Spectator - "A stylish Bordeaux style blend that works on finesse and polish at the expense of power and thrust, resulting in a refined, complex, detailed wine of considerable flavor and dimension, ending with a smooth, soothing aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2012 through 2023."
Wine Enthusiast - "A brilliant Bordeaux blend, just captivating for its lush fruit, elegance and classy balance. Remarkable for the integrity of tannins, so sturdy and refined, so pure and sweet. A feminine wine, to judge by its soft allure, and yet packed with power and integrity. Beautiful now, although it's easily one for the next five to seven years. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot."
Wine & Spirits - "A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot, Elevage is a full, generous red in 2007. It's brimming with cool blue fruit and bitter chocolate tannins, finishing soft, spicy and long. Ready for filet mignon."
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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. View all Chimney Rock Winery Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.