Chimney Rock Winery

2009 Alpine Vineyard Cabernet – Tête de Cuvée
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

2011 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 15 | Lot No. 131


Chimney Rock Winery

2009 Alpine Vineyard Cabernet – Tête de Cuvée

Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

5 cases produced

This wine comes from one of our two Cabernet Sauvignon Estate hillside blocks, which produce extraordinary fruit from year to year. In 2009, yields were quite low on this block. In fact, only 170 cases of this wine will be produced. For Premiere Napa Valley, we selected our favorite barrel. It is a truly rare and special creation.

Aging Process

Aged in 60% new French Oak for 18 months

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.62
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Elizabeth Vianna

Winemaker, Chimney Rock Winery

Winemaker, Elizabeth Vianna

My experience as a winemaker began with two wonderful internships, the first at Trefethen Vineyards and the second at Chimney Rock Winery, more than a decade ago. I then went on to Napa Wine Company for a few years as lab director and assistant winemaker, where I learned much from some amazing winemakers in this valley. I was fortunate enough to work closely with Heidi Barret, Celia Macyzek, Erin Green and Pam Starr, among many other inspiring women in wine. I then returned to Chimney Rock as assistant winemaker in 2002 and was eventually promoted to winemaker.

Country born: Brazil

Education: Masters degree in enology U.C. Davis

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Honors / Awards:
Commencement speaker, University of California-Davis School of Graduate Studies, 2009

Winemaking Philosophy:
My goal is to create wines with great texture and to have those wines represent the vineyards from which they are born. The tactile experience is just as important as the aroma and flavor. More specifically, my goal as winemaker at Chimney Rock is to highlight and honor the strengths of the amazing Cabernet we grow in Stags Leap District.

Q&A With the Winemaker

Q: What was your inspiration for this offering?

A: The Alpine Vineyard itself was the inspiration. It produced such extraordinary fruit in 2009 – there was no question what our offering should be.


13210 S. Normandie Avenue
Gardena  CA  90249


Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
White Rock Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 19
Jamieson Ranch Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Falabella 18
Chimney Rock Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2009 Alpine Vineyard Cabernet – Tête de Cuvée 15
Hopper Creek Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville Proprietor's Private Estate Reserve 15
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