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.
"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."
International Wine Cellar
"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. "
The Wine Advocate