Chimney Rock Winery produces three red wines, two white wines, and one rose wine from their vineyards in the Napa Valley section of California.
The 2007 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon is actually a red blend. The varietals used to produce it were Cabernet Sauvignon (79%), Merlot (16%), Cabernet Franc (3%), and Petit Verdot (2%). The wine was aged for 18 to 20 months in French oak (50% new and 50% old). This vintage carried a label listed ABV of 14.2%.
I came across this wine in a local wine store several years ago. While it is clearly not your typical Napa Cab, it was a most enjoyable bottle of wine.
As I was short on time, this was a PNP.
The wine was plum red in color.
The notes which arose from the glass included black fruit, red berries, and vanilla.
As I took a sip, black and red fruit were at the forefront. The back end brought in strawberry and chocolate. This wine was much less “in your face” than many Napa wines. I would term it ever so slightly below full bodied, yet much more than medium bodied.
The finish was long, carrying fruit and silky, well integrated tannins. Overall, this wine was a pleasure to drink. It is a wine that you can drink with food or without (I did both).
I paired this wine with pizza on a Friday night. Yes….pizza, and it went fabulously. It would likely go well with most grilled meats or roasts. I wouldn’t go so far as to try this with fish, something tells me it might be too much (I will just have to try it and report back!).
The 2009 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon retails for around $70. I would call it fair value at that price level. If you happen to come across it, I suggest you give it a try (as will I again!).