Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

Price: $129.00
Item No. 127705
  • ST93
  • RP92
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

The strong tradition of our flagship Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon continues with this offering. The 2003 vintage is inky red, tinged with thick purple hues. The nose opens with fresh mixed berry fruit and ripe cherry aromas with hints of violets and crème de cassis. Toasted baking spices, dusty cocoa, coffee and graphite add enhanced layers of complexity. Firm but soft velvety tannins are balanced with the natural fruit acids to keep the palate lively. Blackberries, concentrated blueberry, and subtle toasty oak flavors persist through a lengthy finish.

Critical Acclaim

"Good ruby-red. Superripe aromas of currant and oaky caramel. Supple, sweet and fresh, with rather suave flavors of currant and black raspberry. Nicely integrated acidity and a floral element add verve. The fine-grained, building tannins arrive late, allowing the flavors to expand and linger. This was the first year when Chuck McMinn's high-tech winery was fully operational, and winemaker Philippe Melka was able to vinify with 80% whole berries. The quality level here has reached a new standard with this vintage."
93 Points

"The dark ruby/purple-tinged 2003 Vineyard 29 boasts a pure nose of creme de cassis, cedar and spice box. Full-bodied with velvety tannins, good minerality and a rich, stylish personality, this impeccably well-made 2003 has the potential for further evolution. While close to full maturity, it should have no problem evolving for another decade. "
92 Points

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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