2016 Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District
Clone 7 skillfully displays ideal vineyard balance and hosts bright fruit flavors and silky, elegant tannins.
The idea that wines should be pure in reflection of time and place reigns supreme at Chimney Rock. Each year our winemaking team strives to craft wines that esthetically mirror the vineyards from which they are born. Our Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon hails from the northern edge of our estate, nestled against the eastern hills. This vineyard's steep aspect, exposure and the poximity to the glorious Stags Leap District Palisades combine to create the perfect terroir for the birth of ripe and inky Cabernet grapes each year.
The fruit frown on this hillside in 2016 exceeded out expectations. This Cabernet is a perfect portrait of its orgin. The texture and power of the tannins, the richness and depth of flavor, the dance of complex aromas, all coexist in this transcendent creation. Enjoy this portrait of our beautiful hillsides.
AROMA: Notes of cherry, plum and cocoa interwoven with notes of vanilla and toffee.
FLAVOR: Lush and rich, this wine has intense structure. Clone 7 is known for its muscular tannin profile but has a beautiful round mid-palate that balances the structure perfectly.
93+ Points: "Deeply colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 7 (all hillside Cabernet Sauvingon) has classic notes of black fruits, dark chocolate, leafy herbs, and earthy minerality. Aged 18 months in 70% new French oak, it's a powerful, backward, yet beautifully polished and elegant Cabernet that needs a solid 4-5 years of bottle age." - Jeb Dunnuck