The 1999 Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals powerful aromas of ripe fruits, earth, spice and anise. The nose is intense and expresses a feel of viscosity and concentration. The oak is very well integrated which brings some nuances of vanilla and cream. The mouth feel is elegant with a velvety texture. The wine is round, full bodied with layers of black currant, cassis and ripe sweet cherry. The finish is dense, long and chewy with refined tannins.
"How could you go wrong with the team assembled by owner Chuck McMinn? You have David Abreu as your vineyard manager and Philippe Melka making the wine, from a vineyard less than 100 yards from Grace Family Vineyards. This Cabernet is jam-packed with dark fruit, chocolate and leather. There is great complexity and richness that carries through from start to finish.
"Dark ruby. Complex nose combines cassis, boysenberry, black cherry, minerals, leather, cedar and flowers. Suave, elegant and harmonious but with no shortage of power or backbone. This wine fruit reminded me of Rauzan-Segla. Finishes with strong, ripe tannins and excellent length. Potentially the best yet from this densely planted hillside vineyard, which changed ownership in 2000.
International Wine Cellar