100% estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 18 months in French oak, unfiltered and unfined, 100% free- run juice
Reflective of the extraordinary potential of the Stags Leap District nested appellation, balancing power and grace
Proudly sourced from our Napa Green Certified Winery and Napa Green Certified Land vineyards
Rich aromatics, flavors of brooding blackberry and spice; full-bodied with silky, smooth tannins
Our estate is blessed with a diversity of soil and topography that breeds complexity in our wines. To the east, our steep hills and shallow soils bring us density and power. On the north end, our proximity to the Palisades gifts us with ripeness and purity of fruit. To the south, our proximity to the bay brings us breezes that add the nuance of cooler climate, adding hints of dried herbs and mint. It is this diversity that has enabled us to represent the quintessence of Stags Leap District - the tension between grace and power, the balance of finesse and muscle. This rare and unique Cabernet Sauvignon represents a marriage of the north and south vineyards on our estate - our beloved Tomahawk and Ganymede blocks. It showcases the complexity which results from blending the distinct characteristics of our estate microclimates. In all of our history, these vineyard blocks have only ever been blended for Premiere Napa Valley.
Wine is unfiltered
Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
Wine is produced in a Napa Green winery
Winemaker, Chimney Rock Winery
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
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.
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