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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

2007 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon

WE  94   
WS  92   

2007 Chimney Rock Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 Chimney Rock Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon

WS  92   

2008 Chimney Rock Elevage

WE  93   
WA  90   
WS  90   

2009 Chimney Rock Ganymede Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

WA  94   
JL  90   

2009 Chimney Rock Tomahawk Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

WE  96   
WA  93   

2010 Chimney Rock Cabernet Franc

RP  90   

2010 Chimney Rock Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon

WS  92   

2010 Chimney Rock Elevage

WS  90   

2011 Chimney Rock Alpine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Light label condition issue

2011 Chimney Rock Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Merlot

2012 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon

VN  91-93   

2012 Chimney Rock Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon

VN  94   
RP  93   

2012 Chimney Rock Ganymede Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

VN  94   
WS  93   
RP  92   

2013 Chimney Rock Elevage

VN  92   
RP  91   

2013 Chimney Rock Ganymede Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

VN  95+    

2014 Chimney Rock Cabernet Franc

2014 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Chimney Rock Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon

JD  92   

2014 Chimney Rock Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon

VN  92   
JD  92   
RP  91   

2014 Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Merlot

Light label condition issue

2014 Chimney Rock White Pebble Cabernet Sauvignon