2005 Vineyard 29 St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1064162 99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A tiny production (674 cases) of the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon 29 Estates is pure, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the famous Richard Grace clone of Cabernet Sauvignon. It had a 44-day maceration before the wine was aged 19 months in 90% new French oak. This wine performed better at ten years than it did initially. The dense, ruby/purple color remains youthful and younger than one would expect for a 10-year-old wine. The opaqueness goes right to the rim, the aromatics are stunning, and it offers a gorgeous display of blueberry, black raspberry and creme de cassis along with licorice, a touch of vanilla and graphite. This is one of the great superstars of 2005, which I underrated it from barrel as well as after it was released. It still has at least another 15-20 years of aging potential.  (6/2015)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (blended with 9% Cabernet Franc) Good ruby-red. Claret-like aromas of blackcurrant, licorice, minerals, menthol and flowers, with some redder fruit notes emerging with aeration. Sweet, lush and deep, with harmonious acidity framing and intensifying the flavors of dark fruits, mocha, minerals and mint. Pliant, sweet and long on personality. Finishes with serious but fully ripe tannins, excellent breadth and enticing minerality. This is a rich, full style: the lots in 2005 macerated up to 45 days, compared to a more normal 30 days in past vintages. (ST)  (5/2008)

95 points Vinous

 (14.8% alcohol): Bright, saturated ruby-red. Deep, showy nose combines blackberry, black raspberry, plum, licorice, flowers and black olive. Compellingly silky, plush, dense wine with terrific breadth and medicinal reserve--not to mention lovely inner-mouth lift--to its currant, licorice and mocha flavors. Finishes aromatic and very long, with firm but nicely buffered tannins and a whiplash of flavor. This impeccably balanced beauty, which I've rated very highly since the outset, is already quite sexy but still has a long life ahead of it. This was current winemaker Keith Emerson's first vintage at Vineyard 29; it was a year with huge quantity and high quality, he told me, as well as one of the latest harvests ever for this estate (October 24 through 27), which normally benefits from extended hang time. (ST)  (4/2018)

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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 M├ędoc 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.

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.


- 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.
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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.