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Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Franc 2008

    750ML / 14.8% ABV
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    750ML / 14.8% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Perfumed with aromatics of violets and rose petals, the nose of the 2008 Cabernet Franc reveals its feminine delicacy. In contrast, a palate of bright Bing cherry, deep red fruits, graphite and tobacco leaf give serious power and structure. A lengthy finish and lingering butterscotch flavors round out and complete this unique wine. Minerality brings brightness to the wine and makes it a perfect compliment to any lamb or game dish. Balanced acidity will also cut through more marbled meats like pork belly and braised pork. Enjoy over the next 10 years.

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    Vineyard 29, California
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    In 1989, Teresa Norton and Tom Paine came to Napa Valley to retire – a dream that was quickly replaced by another when they learned their estate was prime cabernet sauvignon territory. In a matter of weeks, they were putting in a 3-acre vineyard under the watchful eye of lauded vineyard manager David Abreu and, within a year, planting cuttings from neighbors, Grace Family Vineyards. The first release in 1992 was warmly received by press and public alike.

    The turn of the century ushered in the next phase of Vineyard 29. Along with the Vineyard 29 property, Chuck and Anne acquired the historic Aida vineyard in 2000 as a perfect complement to the Vineyard 29 site for expansion of the winery’s portfolio. With a new, state-of-the-art winemaking facility, and the unquestionable skill of winemaker Philippe Melka, all the pieces were in place for Chuck and Anne to lead Vineyard 29 to a new and exciting level of winemaking.

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    Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

    Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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