It's no wonder that Chimney Rock winery produces stellar Cabernet Sauvignon wine. The estate is located in the Stag's Leap District of Napa Valley, where the rich soil and sunny, temperate climate make it the home of world-class Cabs.
Founded in 1980 by Hack and Stella Wilson, Chimney Rock has a distinctive Cape Dutch-style architecture, inspired by their former South Africa home.
In 2002, Tony Terlato became partners with the Wilsons, upgrading the winemaking facility and matching the grape varietals to separate vineyards, showcasing the grapes best qualities. Today, the Terlato family has sole ownership of Chimney Rock and continues to make wines that display the varietal character beautifully.
Location, location, location. Yes, terroir plays a significant role in bringing out the best qualities of grapes. That's why the winemakers at Chimney Rock winery have a philosophy of allowing the varietal character to shine through and not overpower it in the winemaking process. Minimalist intervention gives wine the desired balance and complexity.
Chimney Rock consistently produces stellar wines that age well. Need proof? Take a look at these recent reviews...
2009 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon, 93 Points Wine Advocate "...enticing with scents of raspberry jam, sweet herbs and spices. There is a centeredness and poise to the 2009 that give the wine its sense of harmony and balance... As good as this is today, it will only be better in another 2-3 years."
2009 Elevage, 95 Points Wine Enthusiast "A classic Napa Valley Bordeaux blend, dry, smooth, complex and elegant. Based on Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, it's an instant pleaser... It will provide wonderful drinking over many years."
Chimney Rock has an elegant tasting room that's smaller than many you'll find, creating an intimate tasting experience with personalized service. Choose from a variety of flights of wine, ranging from $20 to $30 per person.
Tours include wine tasting and require reservations.
Discover Chimney Rock Tour and Tasting is aimed at first-time visitors. You'll get a close look at the inner workings of this beautiful Cape Dutch-style winery estate. Learn about its history and the magic of the Stag's Leap AVA as you tour this state-of-the-art winemaking facility. After the tour, you'll enjoy a seated tasting of four red wines in a private tasting salon. Cost: $55/person.
Behind the Scenes Tour and Barrel Tasting is a must-do for serious wine enthusiasts. You'll be greeted by one of the senior wine educators and handed a glass to sip as you stroll the estate's grounds. Discover the diversity of the vineyard "blocks" and how each varietal is crafted. Sample wines directly from the barrel in the cellars, then move to a seated tasting of the current release wines with artisan cheeses in a private tasting salon. Cost: $85/person.
More tour options are offered, featuring a private tour and luncheon or an estate tour for members only. Check the website for details and current prices.
5350 Silverado Trail, Napa California 94558 * 707-257-2641 * www.chimneyrock.com
Open daily 10am - 5pm. Chimney Rock winery is closed for some holidays. No reservations are needed for parties of 8 or fewer, unless you want a tour.