Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
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.
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