Monday, September 26, 2011

Chimney Rock 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap, Napa Valley

We enjoyed this bottle while taking a dinner break from a board meeting in Chicago. Chi-town is known for its Italian food, so we headed for Toscano’s on River Road in Rosemont. Peter, one of the owners, arranged a private room and we were happy to pay a reasonable corkage fee to pop open this baby with their well-known hand-made pasta dishes.

The wine is deep dark garnet in color and swirling releases a complex aroma. This beautiful bottle display the opulent flavor for which Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon is known. It exhibits hints of mocha and cinnamon with ripe currants.This has strong but smooth tannins that lend a velvet touch to its long, smooth finish.

Chimney Rock is a memorable bottle and was a highlight to our evening. It sells for about $60 retail and about $100 on restaurant wine lists.On our 5-star scale, this scores a well-earned ****+.
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