Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Country - USA

Region - California

Grape Varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 23%, Cabernet Franc 1%, Petit Verdot 1%

Alcohol by volume - 14.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Chimney Rock

Tasting notes - Abundant aromas of blackcurrant and cherry are layered with hints of mocha, vanilla and floral notes. Rich and savoury on the palate, with polished tannins and notes of plum, black cherry, dried fig and vanilla culminating in a long, smooth finish.

Awards
92 pts, James Suckling, 2021
91 pts, Wine Spectator, 2021
91 pts, Wine Advocate, 2021
90 pts, Decanter, 2020

Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

A rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon blend with abundant
aromas of blackcurrant and cherry, layered with hints of
mocha, vanilla and floral notes.
Producer Note
Chimney Rock takes its name from the rock formations on the Palisades behind the
winery which resemble chimney stacks. Established in 1980 by Hack and Stella Wilson,
the first vintage of Chimney Rock Estate wine was produced in 1984. In the early 1990s,
the Cape Dutch-style winery and tasting room were added to the estate, complete
with the allegorical frieze of Ganymede - cupbearer to the gods. In 2000, the Terlato
family joined the Wilson family and in 2002, the remaining land, covering 18 hectares,
was planted entirely to Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2004, the Terlato family assumed sole
ownership of the estate and ensures the highest standards in viticulture and
winemaking. Chimney Rock now comprises 48 hectares of vineyard, divided into 28
distinct blocks, allowing for highly specialised viticulture suited to each specific site. Led
by notable winemaker Elizabeth Vianna, Chimney Rock’s award-winning wines have
firmly cemented its reputation for producing some of the world’s greatest estate
Cabernet Sauvignon.
Vintage
2018 was an exceptionally good year; it did not present the challenges of drought, low
yields and heatwaves that affected many of the previous years. Instead, the weather
was slow and easy and offered a regular growing season, allowing the grapes to
reach optimal maturity. 2018 was an outstanding vintage.
Vineyard
The estate comprises a diversity of soil types and topography that imbues the wines
with distinct complexity. To the east, the steep hills and shallow soils bring density and
power; at the northern end, the proximity to the Palisades imparts ripeness and purity of
fruit, while to the south, the estate’s proximity to the San Pablo Bay provides breezes
that add the nuance of cooler climate and adds hints of dried herbs and mint. This
diversity has led to the creation of 28 distinct vineyard blocks, each meticulously
cultivated. The estate holds the Napa Green Vineyard certification which provides a
framework for growers to cultivate sustainably; through improving soil health, becoming
carbon neutral, implementing efficient water-use strategies, incorporating integrated
pest management techniques and soil cover crops.
Winemaking
The hand-harvested 100% estate-grown grapes were fermented with selected yeasts in
stainless steel tanks to retain the purity of fruit, with varying lengths of extended skin
contact from 30 to 40 days to extract colour, flavour and fine tannins. Vinified without
any additions, the wine was then matured for 18 months in French oak, 50% of which
was new and 50% was previously used to impart subtle character.
Tasting Note
Abundant aromas of blackcurrant and cherry are layered with hints of mocha, vanilla
and floral notes. Rich and savoury on the palate, with polished tannins and notes of
plum, black cherry, dried fig and vanilla culminating in a long, smooth finish.
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 23%, Cabernet Franc 1%, Petit Verdot 1%

Awards
92 pts, James Suckling, 2021
91 pts, Wine Spectator, 2021
91 pts, Wine Advocate, 2021
90 pts, Decanter, 2020

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Vintage 2018
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