2009 Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1120758 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with enticing scents of raspberry jam, sweet herbs and spices. There is a centeredness and a poise to the 2009 that give the wine its sense of harmony and total balance. Sweet, floral notes reappear on the engaging finish. As good as this is today, it will only be better in another 2-3 years. This is another fabulous effort from Chimney Rock. The blend is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. (AG)  (12/2012)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Cast in a measured, less opulent style but fully convincing as far as precise Cabernet fruit is concerned, this one smacks of cassis with a bit of cranberry brightness and makes good use of deftly placed oak. It is medium-bodied, supple in feel and modulated in tannin, and, if not as potent and highly extracted as some of its vintage cousins, it is a very well-crafted wine and one that is sure to age gracefully.  (4/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Complex, ripe, firm and vivid dark berry, plum and black cherry fruit is elegant and refined, pure and focused, with just the right backbone. Drink now through 2024. (JL)  (10/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 2% Cabernet Franc, 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot. Stainless-steel fermentation, aged 18 months in half new, half used French oak. 2009 has some of the lush approachability of the 2007 but has a structure that will allow for ageing. They had heat spikes, and then fell asleep to rain when the grapes were hanging, but she refused to pick grapes that were not ready. 'Everyone thought I was doomed, but the results haven't been quite as bad...' Aromas of dark blueberry and blackberry, with an overlay of dusty spice. A mouthful of plush fruit strapped in by agile tannins. Structure and movement. Fluid. Seamless oak. Long and persistent. Of all the wines in the vertical, this is the deepest, darkest, most intense. Not the most elegant, but certainly the most velvety and sumptuous. Finishes on a long sweet note of cassis. (TC)  (12/2012)

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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 M├ędoc 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5