2001 Vineyard 29 "Aida" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full ruby-red. Superripe, slightly porty aromas of black raspberry, cherry, licorice and spices. Rich in the mouth but decidedly dry. Plenty of material here, but just this side of heavy. Finishes with big, tongue-dusting tannins and very good structure and peppery grip. Very youthful, interesting Zinfandel that may well merit an outstanding rating.
Ripe and concentrated, loaded with cedar, coconut and vanilla from toasty oak that accents the berry, plum and cherry flavors. Firm structure persists on the finish, but in the end the oak has this tightly wrapped. (JL)
According to the winery: "Vineyard 29’s Aida Estate Vineyard is located 2 miles north of the 29 Estate vineyard on Highway 29. It is a historic property that has produced wine since the 1920s when Petite Sirah vines were first planted at this site. In 2001, Chuck and Anne acquired Aida as an ideal complement to Vineyard 29’s home vines. An upgrade of the vineyard was immediately undertaken with several vine blocks being replanted. Cabernet sauvignon now serves as the backbone for our Aida Estate vineyard; however the old zinfandel vines are still a key part of Vineyard 29’s portfolio providing fruit for our Aida Estate Zinfandel and our Aida Estate Late Harvest Zinfandel."