2003 Vineyard 29 "Aida" Napa Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1211981 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2003 Zinfandel Aida (95% Zinfandel and 5% Petite Sirah aged 25 months in primarily American oak casks) reveals sweet vanillin notes intermixed with pepper, earth, and a Chateauneuf du Pape-like, Provencal herb, garrigue characteristic. It is a rich, full-bodied, savory red to drink now and over the next 4-5 years.  (12/2005)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good ruby-red. Plum, currant and smoke on the nose; rather claret-like for zinfandel. Sweet, lush and soft, with a plummy flavor complemented by mellow nutty oak. Nicely integrated acids and fine-grained tannins will not get in the way of enjoying this right now.  (5/2006)

Connoisseurs Guide

 There is no question but that this hefty, very full-bodied wine pushes the limits of ripeness, but it reveals solid, blackberry fruit beneath its heavy veneer of chocolate and very rich oak. It is an inelegant wine, but one of great substance, and its late-harvest swagger raises all of the usual cautions against indiscriminate pairing with foods.  (1/2007)

K&L Notes

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.

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Zinfandel

- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.
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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.