Chimney Rock's Elevage was originally conceived as an homage to Pomerol, but this latest release takes a different path from past efforts owing to its increased percentage of Cabernet. Still a very refined wine with a keen sense of balance, it is filled with sweet and succulent fruit. It eschews drama and bombast in favor of poise, and its deftly fit oak always serves rather than threatens its ongoing fruit. It is so carefully trim in its tannins as to invite current drinking, but it seems certain to grow famously for five or more years.
In 2000 the grapes for this wine struggled to get ripe. No problem in ‘01. Massive in blackberry, cherry, chocolate and oak flavors, with smooth but firm tannins, it’s drinkable tonight, but possesses the balance to develop bottle complexity through 2010.
Smooth and fleshy, with ripe, rich currant, smoke, blackberry and mocha-laced oak, this wine wins points for its complex array of flavors. It finishes with a wonderful sense of harmony and finesse, and a subtle, lingering aftertaste.
The outstanding 2001 Elevage, a proprietary red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, offers up sweet cassis, black cherry, licorice, camphor and lead pencil shaving aromas. The complex bouquet is followed by an elegant, medium to full-bodied wine with sweet tannin as well as excellent concentration, purity and texture. Already evolved and complex, it promises to keep for another 10-15 years.
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