Chimney Rock Tomahawk Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Impressive for its stylish delivery of ripe, fleshy black cherry, plum and wild berry fruit. Full-bodied, yet elegant and polished in texture, finishing with black licorice, cedar-laced oak and nutmeg infused tannins, yet the flavors flow through nicely. Best from 2012 through 2023.
This has the supple, layered richness of finely ripened Stags Leap District cabernet. The fruit is as dark as blackberries in a pie, but the wine doesn't feel hyperripe. That fruit shows enough intensity and perseverance to handle the significant oak treatment, which reads as black walnut for now, needing time to meld into the wine.
The delicious, dark ruby/purple-colored 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Tomahawk Vineyard offers up aromas of black currants, cedar and flowers. Medium to full-bodied and elegant, it is a quintessential Stags Leap Cabernet to drink over the next 10-15 years.
Lush and smooth this is a Cabernet to drink now for its fantastic depth and captivating deliciousness. It's dry and tannic, with major flavors of blackberries, blueberries, currants and cassis, framed in smoky oak. Feels important and classy all the way, although it could use just a bit more acid bite for complete balance.
Dark red-ruby. Crushed blackberry, cedar and spice aromas are lifted by a violet note; more primary than the basic Stags Leap District bottling. Dense, thick black fruit flavors are enlivened by firm, integrated acidity. Not reduced like the basic bottling but more firmly tannic and primary and structured for a slower, longer evolution in bottle. This youthful wine finishes with notes of bitter chocolate and violet, avoiding dryness. Clearly from a quality site.
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