It’s Winery Wednesday everyone! Today I wanted to feature one winery I recently visited this past weekend, Chimney Rock Winery. Now, I have been wanting to try Chimney Rock ever since I first moved to Napa and I just have not been able to visit. Driving by on Silverado Trail you immediately notice the gorgeous South African inspired architecture. This beautiful winery is tucked away amongst the vineyards and some stunning views in Napa.
My fellow wine-loving gal Cassie (from @bythestem make sure you are following her!) hosted an amazing event at Chimney Rock and I was so excited to see her and everyone attending. Once we all arrived, (all 28 of us!) we were greeted by their team who were so great and made us feel extremely welcome. They had us meet in one of their private tasting rooms before getting the tour started. It was crazy to be with all these wine loving ladies in one space together!
From there we headed to the tank and barrel room to see their 25,000 case production! So many barrels of wine…I wish I could take one home! As we continued our tour to our private tasting and food pairing experience, we entered one of the most gorgeous rooms I have been to in Napa. With wine barrels along the walls and five large circular chandeliers it was absolutely stunning. They had a long table set in the middle of the room with our wine and food and it beautifully decorated with fresh flowers! (my favorite!).
Our wine educator for the tasting was so great and taught us so much about Chimney Rock Winery. Some of my favorite take ways was the focus they place on single vineyard estate wines, they exclusively use French Oak, one wine is widely distributed (the 2012 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon), and that they have had the same female winemaker for over 16 years! So many great things about this amazing winery and the history of the property, which was in fact a golf course back in 1966!
Now for the tasting, we had the “winemaker’s selection” of wine for our tasting with some delicious cheese to pair. We started with the 2016 Chimney Rock Elevage Blanc, which was full of citrus flavor and very refreshening and full bodied. The 2015 Chimney Rock Elevage consisted of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. This blend was very complex and smooth, it is also a good choice to age for a couple of years. The 2012 Chimney Rock Cab (their flagship) was delicious and full of black cherry flavors and has a great finish. I loved the 2015 Chimney Rock “Tomahawk” Cabernet Sauvignon as it is made with 100% Cabernet! Very full body and has some amazing aromas of dark fruit.
Overall I really enjoyed this special event and getting to finally visit and experience Chimney Rock. I definitely plan to be back soon and try more of their delicious wine, and of course “revisit” some from this past weekend! If you are looking to visit Chimney Rock I always recommend making a reservation for your tasting. They have different tastings ranging from $50-$125 per person depending on the experience you are looking for.
I hope everyone has a great Winey Wednesday and some delicious wine in your glass tonight!