Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
The Chimney Rock Estate is blessed with a diversity of soil and topography that breeds complexity in their wines. To the east, steep hills and shallow soils bring density and power. On the north end, the proximity to the Palisades presents ripeness and purity of fruit. To the south, the proximity to the bay brings breezes that add the nuance of a cooler climate, adding hints of dried herbs and mint. This diversity has led to the creation of 28 distinct vineyard blocks, each meticulously cultivated. Vinified without
any additions, the wine was matured for 18 months in French oak, 50% of which
was new and 50% was previously used to impart subtle character. This vintage the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Merlot (23%), Cabernet Franc (1%) and Petit Verdot (1%). 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.