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2013 Chimney Rock Elevage

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

Light label condition issue

Removed from a temperature controlled wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

92Vinous / IWC

Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, spice and new leather are all given an extra kick of brightness from the floral notes that are woven throughout.

91Robert M. Parker Jr.

Deep ruby/purple, beautiful fruit and an elegant style that seems to serve as an impressive crossover between a traditional Bordeaux and the riper Napa Valley style. The wine has soft tannin, burgeoning complexity and is impressive.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District

Stags Leap District AVA in southern Napa Valley has a storied history. It is home to Stag’s Leap Cellars, whose 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon won the famous Judgment of Paris blind tasting that included several of Bordeaux’s most exalted First Growths. Vineyards were started in area in the late 19th century, but the district’s rise in prestige started in the late 1960s when Nathan Fay planted Cabernet Sauvignon. Fay later sold his estate to Warren Winiarski, founder of Stag’s Leap Cellars. The district was given its own AVA designation in 1989, and today there are 1,400 vineyard acres. The AVA is especially notable because it was the first in the U.S. to be granted AVA status based on terroir. Its distinctive soils is a mix of volcanic soils, river sediment and loamy clay-like soil. Because the soils don’t retain water well, vineyards in Stag’s Leap tend to grow fruit with great intensity and flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for 95% of the grapes planted in Stags Leap.