Chimney Rock Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2009
Clone 7 skillfully displays ideal vineyard balance, and will please even the biggest palate while offering a host of bright fruit flavors and silky, elegant tannins.
Aromas of bright blackberry, ripe cherry, dark chocolate and wisps of vanilla and coffee bean. Deeply rich and structured, this wine offers a lush mid-palate and an epically long, complex finish.
Cardiac Hill, the source for Clone 7, is one of two mountainside vineyards at Chimney Rock. Located at the northern edge of the estate, this vineyard block is named for its steep, challenging aspect. The intense sun exposure of these hills, along with the shallow, volcanic soils in this area, necessitates only the heartiest Cabernet Sauvignon clones. Our Clone 7 vines, planted in 1995 to the similarly hardy 3309 rootstock, succeed admirably, offering a muscular wine full of bright fruit flavors.
In 2009, we were blessed with another dry spring, and beautiful temperate weather throughout the growing season. The few late rains had little effect on our intensely flavored and elaborately ripe, yet balanced, fruit.
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