Vineyard 29

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Vineyard 29
29 Estate Series

Our flagship wines are crafted from the exceptional fruit grown on our St. Helena estate vineyard, 29 Estate.

29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 29 Estate Sauvignon Blanc 29 Estate Cabernet Franc

Vineyard 29
Aida Estate Series

The extraordinary wines crafted from this historic estate vineyard in St. Helena are an ideal complement to our home vines.

Aida ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON Aida ESTATE Zinfandel Aida ESTATE Late Harvest

Vineyard 29
CRU Series

Our Cru portfolio wines are all about representing the broader character of the Napa and Willamette wine-growing regions. We have established long term partnerships with growers of extraordinary fruit that allow us to fulfill our mantra of “winemaking starts in the vineyards”.

CRU Cabernet Sauvignon CRU Sauvignon Blanc CRU Pinot Noir
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2013 29 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

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The 2013 vintage will be remembered as one of the driest in recent history opening the year with a warm, dry spring. Bud break was early and canopy growth was vigorous – ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. The growing season was consistent throughout with wonderfully healthy vine activity resulting in ideal cluster growth. Picture perfect weather continued into September and October allowing delicious flavor development while maintaining crisp acid profiles. The wines of 2013 are lusciously flavorful, beautifully balanced and will be hallmarks of your table and cellar for years to come.

Our 2013 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon exudes sophistication, elegance and power. Opening aromas of cassis, sun ripened blackberries and fresh violets seem to explode from the glass beckoning you to indulge and explore this seductive wine. On the palate, hints of blueberry and camphor mingle with tobacco leaves, graphite – alluring notes that carry all the way to the finish. Bright acidity keeps this wine fresh but it is the tannins that are the showstopper. Silky tannins provide firmness and power while shaping plush, polished and full-bodied mouthfeel and a finish that truly is never-ending. Our 2013 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon will delight you with generous decanting in its youth and will develop gracefully for 30 to 35 years. This wine is, dare we say, perfect.

“Absolutely sublime… this profound wine… is the finest Cabernet Sauvignon to emerge from the 29 Estate. 100 points.” –The Wine Advocate

Harvest Dates
September 30 – October 10, 2013

Barrel Age
20 months, 85% new French Oak

Cooperage
Taransaud, Demptos, Ermitage, Baron

Bottling Date
June 2, 2015

Alcohol
14.8%

Release Date
Fall 2016

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2014 29 ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC

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The 2014 vintage in Napa Valley was in a word, ideal. Substantial rains in late winter alleviated the worst of recent years’ drought stresses. Early warm days, combined with the rains, launched 2014 as one of the earliest growing years, from bud break on to harvest. Summer was consistently warm with few days topping 100 degrees allowing the grapes of to ripen evenly with deep flavor development and luscious tannin profiles. 2014 will be recalled as a ‘classic’ for Napa Valley with wines to enjoy now and for years to come.

The gentlest of swirling of our 2014 29 Estate Sauvignon Blanc immediately reveals a deeply expressive and multi-layered wine. On the nose, distinctly tropical notes of pineapple and green mango perfectly complement fragrant honeysuckle and hints of jasmine. Crisp acidity frames the palate as nectarine, melon and fig envelop hints of mint and toasted brioche. The wine stays fresh and bright while providing a rounded succulent mouthfeel. To fully enjoy our 29 Estate Blanc we suggest using techniques usually reserved for cabernet sauvignon. To optimize the aromatics, serving temperature should be between 62 to 65 degrees. Use a standard Bordeaux glass of 25- to 28-ounce capacity to allow for generous swirling and sipping.

Harvest Date
August 25, 2014

Barrel Age
20 months, 100% new French Oak

Cooperage
Saury Immersion, Ermitage BTL

Bottling Date
June 1, 2016

Alcohol
14.8%

Release Date
Fall 2016

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2013 29 ESTATE CABERNET FRANC

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Our small cabernet franc vineyard is the most easily viewed block from the terrace of the winery, on a northwest-facing slope along the southern edge of the 29 North Estate. We planted our cabernet franc vines in 2000 and have enjoyed watching and tasting their amazing development year over year.

The 2013 vintage will be remembered as one of the driest in recent history opening the year with a warm, dry spring. Bud break was early and canopy growth was vigorous – ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. The growing season was consistent throughout with wonderfully healthy vine activity resulting in ideal cluster growth. Picture perfect weather continued into September and October allowing delicious flavor development while maintaining crisp acid profiles. The wines of 2013 are lusciously flavorful, beautifully balanced and will be hallmarks of your table and cellar for years to come.

Our 2013 Vineyard 29 Estate Franc opens with beautiful aromatics of bright spring flowers, blue and black fruits, and fresh tobacco leaf. These aromas are mirrored on the palate and further deepen to include wet slate, graphite and dried cherry. One must remember that it is cabernet franc that is often used as a blending varietal to add brightness to cabernet. Classic brightness balanced with firm tannins and intensity – our cabernet franc exudes lively freshness and delicate floral notes. This unforgettable wine will continue its ethereal dance upon the palate long after the last sip finished. Enjoy now and for the next six to eight years.

Harvest Date
September 25, 2013

Barrel Age
19 months, 80% new French Oak,
Tight Grain, Thin Stave 22mm barrels

Cooperage
St. Martin, Taransaud, Artisan, Ermitage

Bottling Date
June 5, 2015

Alcohol
14.7%

Release Date
Fall 2016

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2013 AIDA ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

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Our Aida Estate Vineyard has confirmed our initial belief that this site would be ideal location for growing Bordeaux varietals. Just north of the pinch in the hourglass of the Napa Valley, the cabernet sauvignon grapes from our Aida Estate provide the bold, structured backbone for this immensely enjoyable wine.

The 2013 vintage will be remembered as one of the driest in recent history opening the year with a warm, dry spring. Bud break was early and canopy growth was vigorous – ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. The growing season was consistent throughout with wonderfully healthy vine activity resulting in ideal cluster growth. Picture perfect weather continued into September and October allowing delicious flavor development while maintaining crisp acid profiles. The wines of 2013 are lusciously flavorful, beautifully balanced and will be hallmarks of your table and cellar for years to come.

Our 2013 Aida Estate Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a enticing, expressive nose of chocolate covered cherries then continues to evolve revealing tantalizing scents of rich cocoa powder, scorched earth and iron-laden red soils heated by the sun after a summer rain. The well-structured backbone of fine-grained tannins lifts a bold acidity that indicates lengthy cellaring potential. The finish of this lush yet powerful wine lingers and lingers long after the last delicious sip.

Our 2013 Aida Estate Cabernet will benefit from generous decanting for the next five years and will develop in your cellar for 20 and more years.

Harvest Dates
September 16 – September 26, 2013

Barrel Age
20 months in French Oak,
75% new French Oak

Cooperage
Taransaud, Demptos, Ermitage, Baron

Bottling Date
June 2, 2015

Alcohol
14.9%

Release Date
Spring 2016

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2013 AIDA ESTATE ZINFANDEL

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We are firm believers that great winemaking begins in the vineyard. Our commitment to this belief is manifested in our diligent care and attention to our vines and developing grapes. Our dry-farmed zinfandel vines respond by producing gorgeous fruit, allowing us to present an elegant and refined zinfandel to you with every vintage.

The 2013 vintage will be remembered as one of the driest in recent history opening the year with a warm, dry spring. Bud break was early and canopy growth was vigorous – ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. The growing season was consistent throughout with wonderfully healthy vine activity resulting in ideal cluster growth. Picture perfect weather continued into September and October allowing delicious flavor development while maintaining crisp acid profiles. The wines of 2013 are lusciously flavorful, beautifully balanced and will be hallmarks of your table and cellar for years to come.

Taking our lead from the 44-year-old vines from which this wine is produced, the 2013 Aida Estate Zinfandel is a true expression of the Aida Vineyard. Inky in hue, this wine opens with white pepper, ripe blue fruits, dried lavender and the slightest hints of white flowers. Spice is evident but not the dominating force in this elegant but complex wine. Good acid structure frames a lush palate of wild blackberries and ripe plum all leading to a silky butterscotch laced finish.

Harvest Date
September 19, 2013

Barrel Age
19 months in French Oak,
85% new French Oak 500L puncheons

Cooperage
Ermitage, Saury

Bottling Date
May 25, 2015

Alcohol
15.4%

Release Date
Spring 2016

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AIDA ESTATE LATE HARVEST ZINFANDEL 2016 BOTTLING

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The “Modified Solera” style-blending program for our Late Harvest Zinfandel continues to develop and produce a desert wine of luxurious depth and complexity. Composed of vintages 2002 through 2014, the older vintages add decadent depth while younger vintages add freshness and life. The careful blending of our Late Harvest Zinfandel results in a dessert wine to be savored.

Notes of chocolate raspberries, German chocolate cake, vanilla and luscious spiced rum dominate the nose of this complex and utterly delicious late harvest wine. The palate of this unique desert wine is lively and clean with hints of ripe figs and touches of spearmint. This wine perfectly fits into the fruit component of your cheese platter. Try with hard salty cheeses or indulge your senses by pairing with Roquefort stuffed figs wrapped in prosciutto and drizzled with aged balsamic. Save the last sip with a bite of dark chocolate. Enjoy our Late Harvest Zinfandel this winter or cellar through 2022 and beyond.

Harvest Date
Multi-Vintage

Barrel Age
‘Modified Solera’ blending

Cooperage
Saury, Demptos ~
French and American Oak

Bottling Date
June 5, 2016

Alcohol
18.5%

Release Date
Fall 2016

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2014 CRU CABERNET SAUVIGNON

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“It’s all about making the wine in the vineyard” is how Keith Emerson, Director of Winemaking at Vineyard 29, describes the philosophy behind making our Cru Cabernet Sauvignon. Everything from site selection, crop yield, and picking decisions are made with the final blend in mind. This is deliberate, detail-oriented winemaking resulting in an elegantly composed wine that depicts the best of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

The 2014 vintage in Napa Valley was in a word, ideal. Substantial rains in late winter alleviated the worst of recent years drought stresses. Early warm days, combined with the rains, launched 2014 as one of the earliest growing years, from bud break on to harvest. Summer was consistently warm with few days topping 100 degrees allowing the grapes of to ripen evenly with deep flavor development and luscious tannin profiles. 2014 will be recalled as a ‘classic’ for Napa Valley with wines to enjoy now and for years to come.

Deep violet-blue in hue, our 2014 Cru Cabernet Sauvignon opens with notes of black fruits, mocha and playful hints of cherry cola. A velvety textured palate frames notes of black tea, juniper berry and cardamom that extend through a long and silky finish. Firm, but lively and supple tannins, shape this full bodied cabernet while great acidity and a burst of violets keep it approachable and fresh.

Harvest Dates
September 11 – 13, 2014

Barrel Age
17 months in French Oak, 50% new

Cooperage
Taransaud, “O”, Demptos,
Saury, Ermitage, Baron, Boutes

Blend
83% Cabernet Sauvignon,
6% Merlot, 6% Petite Verdot,
3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec

Bottling Date
April 21, 2016

Alcohol
14.7%

Release Date
Fall 2016

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2014 CRU SAUVIGNON BLANC

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“Wine is made in the vineyard” serves as the philosophy for Keith Emerson, Director of Winemaking at Vineyard 29, and is the guiding principle behind our Cru wines. From site selection to crop yield to harvest planning, each farming decision is made with the final blend in mind. Keith’s deliberate and detail-oriented winemaking results in elegantly composed wines that depict the best of Napa Valley.

The 2014 vintage in Napa Valley was in a word, ideal. Substantial rains in late winter alleviated the worst of recent years drought stresses. Early warm days, combined with the rains, launched 2014 as one of the earliest growing years, from budbreak on to harvest. Summer was consistently warm with few days topping 100 degrees allowing the grapes of to ripen evenly with deep flavor development and luscious tannin profiles. 2014 will be recalled as a ‘classic’ for Napa Valley with wines to enjoy now and for years to come.

Our 2014 Cru Sauvignon Blanc opens with a deliciously expressive nose of ripe pineapple, lemon zest and bright Yuzu awakening the senses and leading to a gorgeous palate of green apple, Meyer lemon curd, tangerine and fragrant honeysuckle. By mid-palate, these bright fresh flavors meld with the slightest hints of toffee and caramel adding depth to the crisp, yet rounded mouth feel. Balance is key, and this wine finds harmony between the clean acidity and a creamy, perfectly weighted finish.

Harvest Dates
August 20 – August 28, 2014

Barrel Age
11 months, 35% new French Oak,
30% used French Oak, 25% concrete,
10% stainless steel

Cooperage
Ermitage, Saury, Orion

Bottling Date
August 10, 2015

Alcohol
14.5%

Release Date
Spring 2016

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2014 CRU PINOT NOIR

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Fulfilling his mantra of “Winemaking begins in the vineyard”, in 2010 Keith Emerson began pursuing opportunities to work with growers in one of the premier pinot noir locations in the country – Oregon’s Willamette Valley. For our 2014 vintage of Cru Pinot Noir, Emerson has crafted a wine as unique as the terroir where this varietal thrives. While brilliantly expressive of the Willamette Valley, one can’t help but think Burgundian while enjoying this wine.

The stellar 2014 vintage conditions of the Napa Valley were echoed to the north in the Willamette Valley of Oregon providing an exceptional growing season of above average quantity and above average quality grapes. The vintage opened with warmer, drier days and nights that persisted throughout the summer months – perfect conditions for pinot grapes in particular. The early harvest brought in concentrated, yet balanced fruit producing wines that are aromatic, vibrant and immensely appealing.

On the nose, our 2014 Cru Pinot Noir reveals fragrant dried rose petal, cranberry and the slightest hint of orange peel. Gentle swirling reveals secondary aromas of sandalwood and slight truffle and forest floor notes so signature to Willamette fruit. Precise oak regimen adds creamy vanilla and plush, soft texture. But don’t let this fool you; great acidity and tannin structure promise long-term ageability and weave a long, lingering finish.

Harvest Dates
September 17 – October 2, 2014

Barrel Age
11 months, 60% new French Oak

Cooperage
Remond, Francois Frères, Tonnellerie O

Bottling Date
August 12, 2015

Alcohol
14.2%

Release Date
Spring 2016