2010 Vineyard 29 "Aida Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A huge wine, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Aida Estate is endowed with serious fruit, structure and tannin. Layers of black fruit, smoke, tobacco and scorched earth burst from the glass in display of pure opulence. This is a decidedly sumptuous, full-bodied wine built on a core of deeply expressive, generous fruit. Certainly not a shy wine, the 2010 is full-throttle pleasure from the very first taste. In 2010, the blend is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028.
A classy effort, svelte and tight, with a delicious core of dried berry, creamy oak, dried herb and savory tobacco scents that gain on the finish, ending with rich, chewy tannins. Drink now through 2023. 665 cases made. (Web-2013)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(blended with 7% each petit verdot and cabernet franc): Good deep red-ruby. Lively aromas of plum, black raspberry, licorice and sexy oak (all French, 70% new). Ripe, plush, broad and classically dry, with plum and spice flavors accented by cool licorice and mineral nuances and enlivened by sneaky acidity. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins. This appears to be shutting down in bottle and should probably be cellared for at least five to seven years.