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2000 Vineyard 29 Zinfandel Aida

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SKU: 80323-2000

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

    ($70; aged entirely in American barrels) Good deep red-ruby. Superripe aromas of syrupy dark berries and chocolate, with suggestions of exotic fruits. Lush, fat and very ripe but with good vinosity provided by rather strong acidity. Quite oaky and a bit harsh on the back end.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2003
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Turley Wine Cellars made a name for the Aida Vineyard in the early to mid nineties by producing a succession of very fine often times spectacular Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from its confines. Unfortunately, Turley lost access to the vineyard when it was purchased first by the Caldwells and then eventually by Vineyard 29?s owners. Petite Sirah from Aida disappeared permanently when Vineyard 29 tore out the 80 year old vines and replaced them with Cabernet. Vineyard 29 did however keep the Zinfandel vines that were 27 years of age when this wine was produced. The 2000 Zinfandel has a medium red-purple color with sweet plum, round oak, and vanilla spice aromatics. Quite smooth with good acid levels and light tannin. Elegant and quite graceful but does not remind me at all of the Turley Aidas that I enjoyed immensely back in the nineties. The wine was aged entirely in French oak, 65% of which was new, coopered by Demptos and Moreau. The wine is perfectly mature now and should be drunk up over the next few years.
    Drink Dates: 2005
    Author: Daniel B
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 68 bottles owned
  • 22 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 22 collectors)