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Friday, May 06, 2011

2007 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon

I've always been a huge fan of the Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon. I also really enjoy revisiting old school, classic, Napa wineries that seem to always produce quality wine vintage after vintage. No, Chimney Rock isn't the newest cult producer and usually doesn't get a large amount of press. However, what you can be sure of is that when you crack a bottle of their flagship Cabernet, that it will be smooth, delicious, and very representative of the quality of the Napa Valley growing season. Caymus, Phelps, Jordan, Groth; these are just some of the solid Napa Valley producers that show this same type of consistency.

The 2007 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon is composed mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon, but does have a bit of Merlot, Cab Franc, and Petit Verdot blended into the final composition.

On the nose I get classic black raspberry aromas that combine with cassis, mocha, vanilla, and slight hints of clove. It's a seductive bouquet that boasts big black fruits with dark chocolate undertones. There is a spiciness as well that I think perfectly typifies the appellation.

On the palate the wine is extremely silky in texture (Chimney Rock is particularly good at producing silky-smooth Cabernet!) I get delicious flavors of ripe blackberry, cassis, spice, vanilla, and roasted coffee. The finish is long and shows some nice ripe plum and blackberry flavors.

This is really good wine and one of the better vintages they've produced in the last decade. The finish is just so long and delicious and the texture is ultra-silky. I would love to taste this wine after ten years, because it has so much fruit and is really quite powerfully structured as well. The wine is so in-balance that it's hard to notice that it is actually massively structured. 94 points

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My Private Sommelier said...

I want to begin with a note of appreciation for your excellent Blog. I only recently discovered the site, but will be a frequent visitor.

I don't have much to add to your post, except to echo your sentiments regarding Chimney Rock's wines. I have been a collector and a consumer of Chimney Rock for over a decade, for just the reasons you note. They have an amazing ability to achieve the promise of great vintages, but they also seem to get more out of the not-so-good vintages than other wineries.

I want to make mention of their Wine Tasting Room staff and experience. I strongly recommend anyone one traveling to Napa Valley to make Chimney rock a must-visit. The Tasting Room Team is knowledgeable, welcoming and fun. You taste great wine and learn a few things, all in an environment of no hurries and no worries.

Megan said...

Thank you for the turn on. I have not had Chimney Rock.... but will put them on my list!

Chimney Sweep Portland said...

Always loved Sauvignon. It's my perfect night capper everyday. Thanks for sharing this.

 
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