Dark scents of blackberry and black olive show this wine's richness up front. It has the cool feel of a conifer forest, hinting at juniper and cedar, lasting on a more peppery spice. Serve this with savory dishes, like lamb shank braised with rosemary and bay.
This is bigger, bolder and less supple than the Elevage Rouge, with more monochromatic cassis flavors framed by oaky notes of vanilla and cinnamon. Turns a bit chocolaty on the finish. While the Elevage will match roasts, this is more of a steak wine.
A hint of gamey leather notes and goji berries and autumn leaves. Lovely dried tobacco leaf coming through on both the palate and the nose. Very easy to drink, gentle tannins, with a savoury light imprint on the tongue.
Tasting through Chimney Rock’s three offerings, the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap (14.1% natural alcohol) exhibits the elegance and finesse one expects from the southern end of Napa Valley. It offers notes of black currants and plum sauce, medium body and a soft, fruity, reasonably well-endowed style. Made to appeal to many consumers, it is not the biggest, richest nor most polite, reserved, understated effort. I like it for its elegance and finesse. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. (RP)
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