Chimney Rock Elevage Red 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
Deep burgundy color with dense purple hue. Aromas of black currants, blueberry with hints of black tea and floral notes. There is elegance from the front palate right until the finish, this blend is the proverbial iron fist with a velvet glove. Fine tannins and lush mid-palate make this a delectable experience on the palate.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2009 Red Blend Elevage is one of the most beautiful wines I have tasted from Chimney Rock in some time. Silky tannins support an expressive mélange of dark, juicy raspberries, flowers, spices and mint in this sexy, totally harmonious wine. Simply put, all the elements are in the right place. The 2009 is gorgeous today and it should continue to drink nicely for at least another decade. The Elevage is 44% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc."
The Wine Advocate - "Offers pure, rich, vivid and supple dark berry fruit that folds into black licorice, fresh earth, cedar and tobacco. Tannins flex their strength in a pleasing way. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2013 through 2024."
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 granted 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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