2001 Chimney Rock "Elevage" Stags Leap District Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1011166 91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Chimney Rock's Elevage was originally conceived as an homage to Pomerol, but this latest release takes a different path from past efforts owing to its increased percentage of Cabernet. Still a very refined wine with a keen sense of balance, it is filled with sweet and succulent fruit. It eschews drama and bombast in favor of poise, and its deftly fit oak always serves rather than threatens its ongoing fruit. It is so carefully trim in its tannins as to invite current drinking, but it seems certain to grow famously for five or more years.  (4/2005)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 In 2000 the grapes for this wine struggled to get ripe. No problem in ‘01. Massive in blackberry, cherry, chocolate and oak flavors, with smooth but firm tannins, it’s drinkable tonight, but possesses the balance to develop bottle complexity through 2010.  (4/2005)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Smooth and fleshy, with ripe, rich currant, smoke, blackberry and mocha-laced oak, this wine wins points for its complex array of flavors. It finishes with a wonderful sense of harmony and finesse, and a subtle, lingering aftertaste.  (9/2004)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The outstanding 2001 Elevage, a proprietary red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, offers up sweet cassis, black cherry, licorice, camphor and lead pencil shaving aromas. The complex bouquet is followed by an elegant, medium to full-bodied wine with sweet tannin as well as excellent concentration, purity and texture. Already evolved and complex, it promises to keep for another 10-15 years.  (6/2011)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.