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Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock, in the Stags Leap district of Napa Valley, California, was founded in 1980 when Sheldon Wilson, a former Pepsi executive, and his wife Sheila bought the Chimney Rock Golf Course and bulldozed half of it to make way for vineyards. The first vintage was in 1984. In 2000 the Terlato Wine Group of Chicago, one of the nation’s largest importers of high end wine, bought into the estate. In 2004 the Terlato group took full ownership of Chimney Rock. The closely-held Terlato Wine Group also owns Rutherford Hill, Alderbrook and Sanford Winery. Today the winery is known for Cabernet Sauvignon, though it also produces Fume Blanc, Rose, and several Bordeaux-style blends. Wine Advocate has often complimented the estate’s wine, as in 2005, when the reviewer wrote that “elegant reds and whites routinely emerge from Chimney Rock. In fact, those who claim California wines lack finesse and delicacy should check out these offerings.”

2007 Chimney Rock Alpine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Chimney Rock Alpine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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2015 Chimney Rock Arete Cabernet Sauvignon

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2017 Chimney Rock Arete Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Chimney Rock Cabernet Franc

RP  90   

2014 Chimney Rock Cabernet Franc

2016 Chimney Rock Cabernet Franc

2017 Chimney Rock Cabernet Franc

2007 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon

WE  94   
WS  92   

2012 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon

VN  91-93   

2014 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon

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VN  92   

2018 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon

Light label condition issue

JS  92   
WS  91   
VN  89-91   

2018 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon

JS  92   
WS  91   
VN  89-91   

2014 Chimney Rock Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon

JD  92   

2015 Chimney Rock Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon

WE  93   
WS  92   
JD  91   

2015 Chimney Rock Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon

WE  93   
WS  92   
JD  91   

2016 Chimney Rock Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon

VN  95   

2016 Chimney Rock Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon

VN  95   

2007 Chimney Rock Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 Chimney Rock Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon

WS  92   

2010 Chimney Rock Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon

WS  92   

2011 Chimney Rock Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Chimney Rock Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon

VN  94   
RP  93