Chimney Rock is only one of a handful of wineries exclusively producing all Stags Leap District estate Cabernets, and the 2009 is another homerun for them. A fairly dry spring yielded their winemaking team with small and densely flavored Cabernet Sauvignon berries. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc were of equally superb quality.
This blend represents a seductive tapestry of the winery's diverse vineyard blocks which illustrates the power and grace of the unique Stags Leap District terroir. Rich garnet red in color with aromas of bright cherry and notes of blueberry and black currant. There are intricate hints of vanilla, violets and clove. This wine is pure elegance on the palate. The silkiest of tannins coated by a lush mid-palate end with a ever-soft but lingering finish.
"It would be easy to dismiss this as just another Napa fruit-oak bomb, except that the lusciousness is accompanied by a fine structure that may even permit this Cab to age for a few years. It has the usual spectrum of ripe blackberries, cherries, cassis and chocolate, but the acid-tannin balance lends it elegance."
"Potent, ripe nose of blueberry, chocolate and toasty oak. Velvety palate with polished black fruits, mint, rounded tannins and well-integrated alcohol. Stylish and balanced with very good.