2003 Vineyard 29 "Aida" Napa Valley Zinfandel
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.
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.
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.
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.