1998 Vineyard 29 - (29 Estate) Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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1998 Vineyard 29 - (29 Estate) Cabernet Sauvignon

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International Wine Cellar | 88

Dark ruby. Roasted cassis, licorice, bitter chocolate and exotic spices on the nose, along with a floral note. Juicy, bright cassis flavor shows a slightly jammy aspect. Good intensity but only moderate real depth of flavor. Finishes with slightly dry tannins. I don't find the density that a barrel sample displayed a year ago.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Wine Advocate | 90

This small vineyard changed ownership during the last year. The 1998 was produced by well-known winemaker, Heidi Barrett. The 1998, made from a 3-acre, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard planted with the "Grace" clone of Cabernet, is an undeniable success for the vintage. Aged 20 months in wood, it exhibits a dense purple color as well as a pure, sweet nose of black currants, spice, licorice, and tobacco. Soft and full-bodied, with supple tannin, outstanding concentration, and excellent balance, it will drink beautifully for 15+ years. The new owner hopes to slowly augment the production of Vineyard 29 to 2,000 cases in three years, and to 4,000-5,000 cases within five years.

Drink Dates: 2000-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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Vinfolio | 90

I missed tasting this wine upon release. However, with the strength of Heidi Barrett at the reins and the legacy of the Grace clone, this wine didn't need much help selling. Recent tasting has shown a deeper integration of the flavors away from the complexity noted below by Parker, upon release. The black fruit and licorice are subtly toned down by additional hints of Asian smoked tea and tobacco. The length is there, but it drinks like a claret.

Drink Dates: 2000-2008
Author: Vinfolio Team


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Score: 89
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/13/2012
Drink Dates: 2005-2012
Drinking nicely but hurry don't leave it for a while.
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Author: TF Winery
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 11/04/2010
mature
More Vintages and Sizes of Vineyard 29 - (29 Estate) Cabernet Sauvignon:

2010 (750ml)
2009 (750ml)
2006 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)
2000 (750ml)
1996 (1.5L)
1995 (750ml)

About This Producer


What to do when you find the land you purchased for retirement is, in fact, perfectly suited to growing Cabernet Sauvignon...in Napa? Plant a vineyard and start a new career. Teresa Norton and Tom Paine did just that in 1989, planting 3 acres under the direction of legendary vineyard manager David Abreu. In 1992 the first vintage was released - 250 cases of estate Cabernet. Philippe Melka became winemaker in 1999, and soon after Teresa and Tom decided to really retire. They sold Vineyard 29 to Churck and Anne McMinn. A new winery was built, caves were dug, and production increased with the purchase of a second vineyard, Aida, planted to Cabernet, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. From these two vineyards, the estate wines are produced: Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon, Vineyard 29 Sauvignon Blanc, Aida Red Wine, and Aida Zinfandel.




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