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2003 Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1019299 90 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Dark scents of blackberry and black olive show this wine's richness up front. It has the cool feel of a conifer forest, hinting at juniper and cedar, lasting on a more peppery spice. Serve this with savory dishes, like lamb shank braised with rosemary and bay. Inner quote mark (8/2006)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is bigger, bolder and less supple than the Elevage Rouge, with more monochromatic cassis flavors framed by oaky notes of vanilla and cinnamon. Turns a bit chocolaty on the finish. While the Elevage will match roasts, this is more of a steak wine. Inner quote mark (9/2006)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark A hint of gamey leather notes and goji berries and autumn leaves. Lovely dried tobacco leaf coming through on both the palate and the nose. Very easy to drink, gentle tannins, with a savoury light imprint on the tongue. Inner quote mark (11/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Tasting through Chimney Rock’s three offerings, the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap (14.1% natural alcohol) exhibits the elegance and finesse one expects from the southern end of Napa Valley. It offers notes of black currants and plum sauce, medium body and a soft, fruity, reasonably well-endowed style. Made to appeal to many consumers, it is not the biggest, richest nor most polite, reserved, understated effort. I like it for its elegance and finesse. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2013)

K&L Notes

The color of this beauty is a deep and dense red velvet, which makes you think the wine will taste velvety, too. Boy, does it ever! Aromatics of red plums and blackberry are interlaced with vanilla and hints of cocoa and clove. On the palate a voluptuous burst of fruit is followed by an enveloping mid palate with an ensuing bright delicate finish. 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Each variety was fermented separately in stainless steel. Aged for 18 months in 50% new and 50% used French oak.

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