Cru Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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“It’s all about making the wine in the vineyard” is how Keith Emerson, Director of Winemaking at Vineyard 29, describes the philosophy behind making our Cru Cabernet Sauvignon. Everything from site selection, crop yield, and picking decisions are made with the final blend in mind. This is deliberate, detail-oriented winemaking resulting in an elegantly composed wine that depicts the best of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Our Cru Cabernet is a deep purple tinged wine of extraordinary depth and complexity. Primary aromas of dried red currant, ripe blackberries and milk chocolate give way to layers of fresh tobacco leaf, dried lavender and cedar. A generous palate offers roasted coffee, mocha, brambly black fruits and a touch of black pepper that slip seamlessly into a long supple finish. Stunning in mouthfeel, this profoundly textured wine will leave you wanting more. Well-integrated and balanced tannins give firm structure to this wine at release, yet are powerful enough to give our Cru many years of life. Open and enjoy our Cru Cabernet now and over the next 10 years." -Winery

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Vineyard 29:
Chuck and Anne McMinn acquired the stewardship of Vineyard 29 in 2000 and began its evolution from a single vineyard to a full scale winery. 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 t... Read more
Chuck and Anne McMinn acquired the stewardship of Vineyard 29 in 2000 and began its evolution from a single vineyard to a full scale winery. 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. Today, we continue to pride ourselves on caring for fruit down to the single berry and believe in the crafting of memorable wines from the vineyard soil up. Read less
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External Reviews for Cru Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/25/2014

Our 2011 Cru Cabernet offers deeply saturated ruby and purple hues that promise to please the eye as greatly as the palate. Expressive aromas of blackberry, mountain sage, rose petal, and sandalwood emerge from the glass after gentle swirling. Lush, clean and precise, the palate abounds with expansive layers of bergamot, brambly black fruits, a touch of red cassis and dusty cocoa powder. Stunning in mouth-feel, this richly textured wine delivers velvety, palate-coating richness that carries through an endless finish. Sound acidity and fine grain tannins allow for graceful aging without delaying satisfaction and early enjoyment of this polished, supple wine. Enjoyable now or over the next 10 to 12 years. - WineryBlend:82% Cabernet Sauvignon6% Petite Verdot5% Merlot4% Cabernet Franc3% MalbecBarrel Age: 18 months in French Oak, 50% newCooperage: Taransaud, "O", Demptos, Saury, ErmitageAlcohol: 14.8%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/17/2014

Our 2011 Cru Cabernet offers deeply saturated ruby and purple hues that promise to please the eye as greatly as the palate. Expressive aromas of blackberry, mountain sage, rose petal, and sandalwood emerge from the glass after gentle swirling. Lush, clean and precise, the palate abounds with expansive layers of bergamot, brambly black fruits, a touch of red cassis and dusty cocoa powder. Stunning in mouth-feel, this richly textured wine delivers velvety, palate-coating richness that carries through an endless finish. Sound acidity and fine grain tannins allow for graceful aging without delaying satisfaction and early enjoyment of this polished, supple wine. Enjoyable now or over the next 10 to 12 years. - Winery Blend: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Petite Verdot 5% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc 3% Malbec Barrel Age: 18 months in French Oak, 50% new Cooperage: Taransaud, "O", Demptos, Saury, Ermitage Alcohol: 14.8%



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“It’s all about making the wine in the vineyard” is how Keith Emerson, Director of Winemaking at Vineyard 29, describes the philosophy behind making our Cru Cabernet Sauvignon. Everything from site selection, crop yield, and picking decisions are made with the final blend in mind. This is deliberate, detail-oriented winemaking resulting in an elegantly composed wine that depicts the best of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Our Cru Cabernet is a deep purple tinged wine of extraordinary depth and complexity. Primary aromas of dried red currant, ripe blackberries and milk chocolate give way to layers of fresh tobacco leaf, dried lavender and cedar. A generous palate offers roasted coffee, mocha, brambly black fruits and a touch of black pepper that slip seamlessly into a long supple finish. Stunning in mouthfeel, this profoundly textured wine will leave you wanting more. Well-integrated and balanced tannins give firm structure to this wine at release, yet are powerful enough to give our Cru many years of life. Open and enjoy our Cru Cabernet now and over the next 10 years." -Winery

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