Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Stags Leap Wine Review (billy)
I am at a conference in Orlando Florida right now and several of us went out for dinner in Downtown Disney. As expected the prices were sky high but the selection at the restaurant we ate at was good.
The Chimney Rock 2002 Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon was quite nice.
On the pour it was still showing quite young. The first taste was coiled tight as a spring and full of energy. It is a big flavored wine and full of dark fruit. If you are opening a bottle now, give it about 30 minutes (at least) of air. Before that and the palate feel is nearly abrasive.
After some time this was a real treat.
Nose: On the nose there was deep blackberry and cherry with plumb and vanilla
Palate: Nicely softened and exceedingly well balanced with pleasing tannins that lead well into the nose.
Finish: long and soft with some green pepper hints and drawn with a reemergence of vanilla and tobacco.
This is a cab that, while nicely drinkable now will only round out and simmer down with a couple more years of cellaring.
Get some now and open in 07 or 08.
Raise a Glass!