Chimney Rock Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stag’s Leap District, Napa Valley, California, 2018 through Merchant of Wine.

Chimney Rock Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stag’s Leap District, Napa Valley, California, 2018

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Overview of the Wine
The Chimney Rock Estate is blessed with a diversity of soil and topography that breeds complexity in our wines. To the east, our steep hills and shallow soils bring us density and power. On the north end, our proximity to the Palisades gifts us with ripeness and purity of fruit. To the south, our proximity to the bay brings us breezes that add the nuance of cooler climate--adding hints of dried herbs and mint. It is this diversity that has enabled us to represent the quintessence of Stags Leap District--the tension between grace and power, the balance of finesse and muscle. We are delighted to share our 35th vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon: its beauty proclaims we are here to stay.

Grape / Blend
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc

Origin
Napa Valley, California

Winemaker's Tasting Notes 
Aroma: This Cabernet is abundant with aromas of black currant and cherry, with hints of mocha, vanilla and floral.

Flavor: This Cabernet is rich and savory with plum and black cherry flavors and hints of dried fig, vanilla, and floral. On the palate this wine is smooth and viscous in the midpalate, full-bodied, and the tannin structure is firm but very polished. Recommend decanting.

94 Ponts - Wine Enthusiast
Silky red fruit and plum dot the landscape of this powerfully soft and velvety wine. Blended with 23% Merlot and 1% each of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, it exudes classic structure, integrated oak and floral beauty, finishing on a fig note. Enjoy from 2028– 2032. Cellar Selection

92 Points - James Suckling
Lots of purple fruit with raspberries and blackberries follow through to a medium to full body with chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs time to soften. Try after 2023.

92 Points - Vinous 
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is plump, juicy and absolutely delicious. Floral, spice and savory notes add brightness to a core of succulent dark cherry and plum fruit. Fresh and inviting with mid-weight structure, the 2018 has a lot to offer in an easygoing style that will require minimal cellaring.

91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and notes of baked black cherries, stewed plums and black currant jelly plus touches of garrigue, black olives and Provence herbs. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers lovely poise and expression with plenty of crunchy black fruit and a grainy texture, finishing with a lively lift.

90 Points - Decanter
A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 1% each Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Floral, dusty and herbal on the nose. The palate is energetic and lively with notes of pomegranates, red currants and eucalyptus. Crisp, and linear on the finish. Authentically rooted in a past era of Napa, and accurately represents the grace and subtlety that Stags Leap District is capable of.

Product size: 750ml

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