2012 Vineyard 29 "CRU" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1179450 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Sitting on the valley floor just to the northeast of Vineyard 29 (north of Highway 29 north of St. Helena) is the Aida Estate – first brought to my attention when Larry Turley was producing some great Zinfandels from this site. It looks like Châteauneuf du Pape with plenty of rocks, and the Cabernet Sauvignon that emerges is owned by Vineyard 29, and it has been pretty sensational since the beginning. Vineyard 29 produces a reasonably priced Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that has been primarily for consumers looking for immediate gratification, as well as the restaurant trade. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cru, which is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest the other four Bordeaux varietals, comes from many different vineyards and the good news is there were nearly 6,000 cases of this wine that was aged 18 months in a combination of 50% new and 50% once-used French oak. The vineyard sources essentially span the entire length of the Napa Valley, from Coombsville in the south to north of St. Helena. This sexy, soft, velvety textured wine shows classic Cabernet notes of tobacco leaf, red and blackcurrants, licorice and cedar wood. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)  (10/2014)

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 The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cru is dark, racy and very expressive. Silky tannins provide the backdrop in a perfumed, racy Cabernet Sauvignon loaded with class and personality. There is a lot to like in this very pretty Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2012, the Cru lacks a bit of its usual depth, but it is quite delicious just the same. The Cru Cabernet Sauvignon remains one of the very best values in Napa Valley. (AG)  (12/2014)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8