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2002 Vineyard 29 Aida

  • 95 WA
  • 89 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 78257-2002-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    (a blend of 61% cabernet sauvignon and 39% merlot; around 15% alcohol) Full ruby. Superripe aroma of roasted plum. Sweet, supple and dense, with flavors of cassis, chocolate and licorice firmed by ripe acidity. Not particularly complex but finishes with soft, suave tannins and rising fruit. From warm soil that winemaker Philippe Melka describes as |Chateauneuf du Pape-like,| noting that the fruit here is normally picked early.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The new proprietary wine, the 2002 Aida, is a 650-case blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Merlot. A remarkable offering from the Aida's rocky soils, it is a full-bodied, deep purple-colored effort with a big, sweet nose of creosote, creme de cassis, raspberry, pepper, and a hint of garrigue (similar to the Zinfandel). In the mouth, it is tannic, full-bodied, concentrated, and surprisingly seamless. This wine can be approached now, but promises to evolve nicely for 10-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Tannins too sweet and prominent at present. Wait 2 years. Prominsig thought fruit is in hinding a the moment.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2015
    Author: Peter G361
What to do when you find the land you purchased for retirement is, in fact, perfectly suited to growing Cabernet 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

  • 565 bottles owned
  • 76 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 88
    (Out of 76 collectors)