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2005 Vineyard 29 - (29 Estate) Cabernet Sauvignon

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 99 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 60451-2005-750-2A
  • Rating: 99

    A tiny production (674 cases) of the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon 29 Estates is pure, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the famous Richard Grace clone of Cabernet Sauvignon. It had a 44-day maceration before the wine was aged 19 months in 90% new French oak. This wine performed better at ten years than it did initially. The dense, ruby/purple color remains youthful and younger than one would expect for a 10-year-old wine. The opaqueness goes right to the rim, the aromatics are stunning, and it offers a gorgeous display of blueberry, black raspberry and creme de cassis along with licorice, a touch of vanilla and graphite. This is one of the great superstars of 2005, which I underrated it from barrel as well as after it was released. It still has at least another 15-20 years of aging potential.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Rating: 94

    Bright ruby-red. Sexy chocolatey ripeness to the aromas of black raspberry, mocha, minerals and dried flowers; slightly high-toned in an exciting way. Plush, concentrated and sweet; a very ripe, deep bomb of fruits, minerals and spices, with complementary notes of earth, mocha, milk chocolate and tobacco. As attractive as this very smooth, full wine is today, it should also last well. Finishes with mellow torrefaction notes; big, ripe, noble tannins that saturate the front teeth; and terrific length.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
  • Rating: 95

    Offers wonderful purity of flavors. Generous, ripe and fleshy, with intense, supple currant, black cherry and wild berry fruit that's vivid and well-defined, tight and focused. Yet the tannins are very ripe and fleshy even as they gently grip the palate.
    Author: James Laube
  • Rating: 94

    (14.8% alcohol): Bright ruby-red. Sexy chocolatey ripeness to the aromas of black raspberry, mocha, minerals and dried flowers; slightly high-toned in an exciting way. Plush, concentrated and sweet; a very ripe, deep bomb of fruits, minerals and spices, with complementary notes of earth, mocha, milk chocolate and tobacco. As attractive as this very smooth, full wine is today, it should also last well. Finishes with mellow torrefaction notes; big, ripe, noble tannins that saturate the front teeth; and terrific length. - Stephen Tanzer
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Jito72
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Fantastic very refined wine. Lead pencil, bright red fruit.
    Author: Lellman2
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 298 bottles owned
  • 73 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 73 collectors)