Chimney Rock Winery is located in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley in California. The winery produces three red wines, two white ones, and one rose wine.
The 2007 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Tomahawk Vineyard was 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine spent 18 months in French oak barrels (75% new and 25% old). The wine’s ABV was 14.2%.
I had recently reviewed Chimney Rock’s 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon blend. In researching that wine, I discovered the winery also produced a pure Cabernet Sauvignon, the Tomahawk. As I was impressed with the Cab blend, I felt obliged to track down (and sample!) some of the pure Cab (strictly in the name of research, mind you).
I managed to procure two bottles of the 2007 Tomahawk Vineyard Cabernet. I tasted both of them on separate evenings over the past week. My notes were fairly consistent.
Now, I need to find some more.
The wine was decanted for 1 hour on both occasions.
The color of the wine was a deep, dark cranberry red.
There was a lot of wonderful fruit on the nose. Nice big red berries, black fruit, and a touch of cherries. A slight hint of vanilla also rose from the glass as well. The bouquet had my mouth watering.
My first sip found the same red berries from the nose at the forefront. Black and red fruit, cherry, chocolate, and clove were all part of the mixture. There was a lot going on here, but it was cohesive.
Tannins were fairly smooth, helped by the decant. I see them coming together more over the next 3 to 5 years. This wine has more complexity than Chimney Rock’s cab blend and I actually prefer it over the blend. That said, the blend is more drinkable right now. Although, over time Tomahawk will overtake the blend.
The finish of this wine was long and luscious, with a great cherry-choco-berry combination.
A big, juicy steak would be a perfect accompaniment for the Tomahawk Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine would go great with any grilled or roasted beef, pork, or chicken.
The 2007 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Tomahawk Vineyard retails for about $90. It holds its own very well with other Napa Cabs in the same price range. If you have the opportunity to try this wine, I would recommend you do so.