Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2002
Chimney Rock Chimney Rock New Pages The 2002 vintage will be remembered by a long, mostly mild growing season, followed by warm weather near the end of September that pushed the ripening level upward, concentrated fruit flavors and condensed the harvest. An early April frost and May rains gave way to a mild summer with ideal growing conditions - warm days and cool, even cold, nights. Overall, the grape crop was balanced, showing excellent intense colors and flavor concentrations. Deep and dense red velvet color Black Cherry and vanilla originating from the delicate oak used in aging. Voluptuous burst of fruit at the front palate followed by an enveloping mid palate with an ensuing bright delicate finish Vintage: 2002 Type: Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District Grape Variety Used: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot Alcohol Level: 14.1% Dates Grapes Picked: September- 13 - October 12, 2002 Length/Type of Fermentation: 10 days Length/Type of Aging: 18 months in oak barrels followed by several months of bottle aging.
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 is consistent from year to year, but the 2002 is especially good. It has a rich red color and a slightly sweet aroma. It has lots of fruit flavors and the tannins are mild, especially if you give it 30 minutes in a decanter. It has a long taste with some complexity at the end. This is the only cabernet that my wife, who drinks whites nearly exclusively, really enjoys.
Three and a half glasses