Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2001
Chimney Rock Chimney Rock New Pages Each year we make our Reserve with the best tasting fruit from our vineyard, and every year, the selection is different. For the first time, the 2001 selection contains Petite Verdot from our hillside vineyard. The cellar treatment we used produced a wine of great depth and concentration. Deep purple hue Explosive black cherry, cassis, chocolate and coffee aromas Full burst of fruit followed by luscious mid-palate and velvet like tannins. Spicy oak notes add to the delicate finish in this wine. Vintage: 2001 Type: Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District Grape Variety Used: Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot Alcohol Level: 14.1% Dates Grapes Picked: September 16 - October 15, 2001 Length/Type of Fermentation: Fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks for approximately ten days with skin contact ranging from five to thirty days. Wine Spectator Weekly, September 2, 2004 92 Points An explosively rich and complex wine that reveals a ripe, vibrant, zesty core of wild berry and blackberry fruit, with pretty hazelnut and pine nut shadings and ripe, supple tannins that sail on the finish. Drink now through 2010. Connoisseurs' Guide, December 1, 2003 90 Points Counting poise and polish as first among its many assets, this rich, sweetly oaked and beautifully measured young Cabernet sports lots of very friendly fruit from start to finish. Keen sense of balance that is equaled by few. Fairly forward, yet quite long on the palate and never overly reliant on ripeness, it calls for mid-term aging and should peak in a half-dozen years.
Situated on the fabled Silverado Trail in the world-renowned Stags Leap District of California'a Napa Valley, our beautiful Cape Dutch-inspired estate winery is recognised as one of the world's premier fine wine producer.
Chimney Rock has always been known for great Cabs, and this one is great as well. HOWEVER... I went to Napa and bought this 2001 library vintage and ALSO bought ZD Vineyard's 2001 Estate Cab. I paid ~$20 less for the ZD. Both were bought untasted, since they were library wines not available for tasting. I was looking forward to both, but mostly anticipating the Chimney Rock. Well, I have to sadly admit that the Chimney Rock disappointed me a bit... not in quality, but timing. I was told it was ready, but it was still pretty tannic (for my taste), and finished a bit more weak than I had anticipated.. especially compared to the ZD 2001. I ranked the 2001 ZD Estate Cab Sauv a 5 star, and I give this one a 3.5. I don't necessarily think it is an age thing, I think it might have lacked some of the complexity from the get-go. However, compared to most cabs that you can find at a grocery store, and at most wine shops, this is a superior choice. I actually prefer some of the mid 90's vintages of their cab. And a side note that is of little consequence to most... the tasting room personnel, on several of my visits, have NOT been very friendly or accomodating.
Opened this for my birthday, and it was fabulous.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap exhibits a medium deep ruby color along with a pretty nose of red and black currants, spice, and cedar. Medium-bodied, subtle, clean flavors of earth and wood are also present. Drink it over the next 7ndash;8 years.
Seductively sweet, with ripe currant and cherry fruit framed by fancy oak, yet underlying tannins kick in the midway. Nowhere near its maximum integration; best left alone through 2008 to develop nuance.
A lush and forward style, this ripe wine tastes of black plums and macerated cherries. itrsquo;s smoky, jammy and ready for a grilled veal chop.