Wine Enthusiast 93
"This is a mineral-driven estate wine, blended with 23 Merlot and 2 Petit Verdot. Iron, flint and rock glide across a powerful, rich palate that bursts in black fruit, toasted oak and dried herb."
James Suckling 92
"Lots of plum and coffee character on the nose and palate. Full body, round and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs a year or two to soften."
Wine Advocate 91
"Blended of 75 Cabernet Sauvignon, 23 Merlot and 2 Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District is deep garnet-purple in color with scents of baked black berries, mulberries, spice cake, cedar and toast. Medium to full-bodied, it is soft-spoken and earthy with nice plush tannins and good freshness."
Chimney Rock WineryView all from Chimney Rock Winery
When the Terlatos first became involved with the estate, they recognized that to make unique wines of exceptional quality, the estate's world-class vineyards would require a winemaking facility of equal caliber. Accordingly, in 2002, they dedicated significant resources toward building a state-of-the-art winery. This new winemaking facility offers our winemaking team the ability to ferment each and every vineyard block separately, while also conducting small-lot experiments to fine-tune and further express the true spirit of the Chimney Rock estate. The accompanying climate-controlled barrel rooms allow for long-term aging of Chimney Rock wines in French oak barrels at the ideal temperature and humidity.
What starts in the vineyard comes to fruition in the winery. Winemaker Elizabeth Vianna is deeply cognizant and intimately familiar with the estate's vineyards and she fully captures the estate's unique terroir through meticulous vineyard management and careful, artistically minimal winemaking principles. This "non-interventionist" style of winemaking allows the winemaker to fully utilize that which this wonderful and unique Stags Leap soil is capable of delivering. The end result offers wines that are pristine and authentic in terms of varietal character, accompanied by a velvety taste in the mouth and astounding softness, balance, and cohesion.