Vineyard 29 Aida Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
2008 marked an ideal growing season and this vintage of Aida Cabernet benefited from an early bud break and cool summer which allowed for plenty of hang time and flavor development. Yields were low and small, highly concentrated berries helped to create a harmonious wine of supreme structure. Abundant aromas of dark chocolate, coffee grounds and burning embers lead into a palate of black cherry, crushed rock and a touch of smokiness. Bold in stature, this rich, masculine cabernet will benefit from decanting and can be enjoyed over the next 20+ years.
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From the 16-acre Aida Vineyard (a valley floor site with lots of stones and boulders as well as the famed black obsidian rocks), the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Aida Vineyard Estate (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 6% Merlot aged for 20 months in 3/4's new French oak casks) exhibits plenty of earthy, chocolaty notes intertwined with hints of burning embers, camphor and spice. Thick, juicy and very Graves-like for a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, it possesses big body as well as a masculine, bold style. Some tannins kick in in the finish, and this wine will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age. It should keep for two decades or more. I love this terroir for its distinctive Graves-like character.
At Vineyard 29 they strive to make wine at the very highest level and pinnacle of the land's potential. Through the exceptional pedigree of their land and theory of "elevage" - raising each vintage as one would raise a child - they leverage time honored tradition and new world technology in the pursuit of perfection.
Since their first vintage in 1992, Vineyard 29 has been determined to produce the best wines through technologically sophisticated, gravity-flow winery and caves provide the ideal location for producing our hand crafted wines.
A sophisticated, gravity-flow winery designed with the least amount of environmental impact. Winemaking always starts with the grapes-we rely on unmatched vineyard sites growing exceptional grapes that will transform into elegant and love-lived wines.
One of the most prestigious wines of the world capable of great power and grace, Napa Valley Cabernet is a leading force in the world of fine, famous, collectible red wines. Today the Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that this marriage came to light; sudden international recognition rained upon Napa with the victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris.
Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly dominates Napa Valley today, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and earning the most critical acclaim. Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure, acidity, capacity to thrive in multiple environs and ability to express nuances of vintage make it perfect for Napa Valley where incredible soil and geographical diversity are found and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that express specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil—as a perfect example, Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.