Vineyard 29

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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2014 29 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

CURRENT RELEASE

The 2014 growing season marked the third consecutive year of drought in California. An exceptionally dry winter, with some of the coldest days on record, led to an early bud break and the start of the growing season. It was a decently early and smooth harvest, with one huge interruption – the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Napa Valley. Vineyard 29 was, fortunately, unharmed in the earthquake, but it left many vintners working on repairs in the middle of harvest. Otherwise, ideal picking conditions led to a stunning vintage. Despite the low yields, the wines from 2014 are concentrated and have a serious richness.

The 2014 Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon starts with beautiful notes of chocolate covered strawberries, then opens up into a luxurious balance of dark cherries and dark chocolate with marjoram and thyme. Intense black fruit on the palate with satin tannins and a lengthy finish of ripe fruits make this a cabernet that can be enjoyed now or aged for years to come. is offering pairs perfectly at our winery library tasting with grilled beef tenderloin, a caramelized onion galette, charred broccolini topped with a compound butter of thyme, red wine and green garlic.

Harvest Dates
September 8 – October 10, 2014

Barrel Age
20 months, 85% new, 100% French Oak

Cooperage
Taransaud, Demptos, Ermitage, Baron

Bottling Date
June 7, 2016

Alcohol
14.9%

Release Date
Fall 2017

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2015 29 ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC

CURRENT RELEASE

Like the previous season, 2015 was a year of drought and water scarcity. A milder winter, with few days below freezing, led to another early bud break. e mild temperatures continued into the summer and finally ramped up towards the end of the season. In a year with such a sporadic growing season, irrigation practices were crucial. We harvested our lowest yielding crop in a decade, but the wines have phenomenal acidity and structure. While the valley experienced more growing challenges than in previous years, the wines are showing amazing complexity and have long aging potential.

Mother nature was far from generous in 2015 making this one of our smallest productions of Estate Blanc to date. But what is lacking in quantity is over delivered in quality. Our 2015 Estate Blanc opens with fragrant notes of blooming honeysuckle vines, mango and honeydew melon. The palate holds those aromatics and adds crème brulee, brioche and flinty minerality. Great, tight acidity and a low ph promise extreme aging potential. 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 20 — 24, 2015

Barrel Age
20 months, 100% new French Oak

Cooperage
Saury Immersion, Ermitage BTL

Bottling Date
June 5, 2017

Alcohol
14.6%

Release Date
Fall 2017

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2014 29 ESTATE CABERNET FRANC

CURRENT RELEASE

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 Estate. We planted our cabernet franc vines in 2000 and have enjoyed watching and tasting their amazing development year over year.

The 2014 growing season marked the third consecutive year of drought in California. An exceptionally dry winter, with some of the coldest days on record, led to an early bud break and the start of the growing season. It was a decently early and smooth harvest, with one huge interruption – the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Napa Valley. Vineyard 29 was, fortunately, unharmed in the earthquake, but it left many vintners working on repairs in the middle of harvest. Otherwise, ideal picking conditions led to a stunning vintage. Despite the low yields, the wines from 2014 are concentrated and have a serious richness.

Our 2014 Estate Franc elegantly unfolds to reveal black raspberries, blackberry and fragrant lavender. Secondary aromas of forest floor and even more floral notes lead to a juicy, concentrated palate. Firm, persistent tannins add structure and weight to a lush, velvet textured mouth feel. Expect a finish with intensity but lively finesse. is medium-bodied wine will age gracefully for 20 years.

Harvest Date
October 2, 2014

Barrel Age
19 months, 80% new, 100% French Oak

Cooperage
St. Martin, Taransaud, Artisan, Ermitage

Bottling Date
June 2, 2016

Alcohol
15.3%

Release Date
Fall 2017

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2014 AIDA ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

CURRENT RELEASE

Our Aida Estate Vineyard has confirmed our initial belief that this site would be the 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 2014 growing season was characterized by a considerably dry winter throughout December and January. Late winter rains in February and early March provided adequate water to the vines. Warm spring temperatures led way to an early bud break with moderate vine growth through the spring months. A warm summer with a few hot streaks, provided ideal growing conditions for an early harvest. Small but dense clusters with great concentration of flavors yielded an abundant crop. 2014 will be remembered as the year of the earthquake (August 24th) and the wines will be remembered as fruit forward, approachable upon release but with enough structure and concentration to age gracefully.

Our 2014 Vineyard 29 Aida Estate Cabernet Sauvignon beautifully concentrated aromas of espresso beans, black currants and burning embers opens with gentle swirling from the glass. Cassis, scorched earth and notes of chocolate Bavarian cake round out a rich, generous palate. Full-bodied in weight and texture, the everlasting finishing on this wine will leave you breathless. Decant while young, this wine will cellar well for 20+ years.

Harvest Dates
September 5 — September 18, 2014

Barrel Age
18 months, 75% new French Oak

Cooperage
Taransaud, Demptos, Ermitage, Baron, Saury

Bottling Date
June 5, 2016

Alcohol
14.9%

Release Date
Spring 2017

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2014 AIDA ESTATE ZINFANDEL

CURRENT RELEASE

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 2014 growing season was characterized by a considerably dry winter throughout December and January. Late winter rains in February and early March provided adequate water to the vines. Warm spring temperatures led way to an early bud break with moderate vine growth through the spring months. A warm summer with a few hot streaks, provided ideal growing conditions for an early harvest. Small but dense clusters with great concentration of flavors yielded an abundant crop. 2014 will be remembered as the year of the earthquake (August 24th) and the wines will be remembered as fruit forward, approachable upon release but with enough structure and concentration to age gracefully.

Our 2014 Vineyard 29 Aida Estate Zinfandel opens with gorgeous aromas of fragrant lilacs, fresh lavender and Provencal herbs. One might expect red fruit but both the nose and palate are busting with black fruits – currants, black cherries and blackberry cobbler dominating. Cloves and allspice add depth while mineral and stone notes keep it clean and laser focused. is dense wine will age beautifully for 15+ years.

Harvest Date
September 5, 2014

Barrel Age
18 months, 100% new,
100% French Oak, 500L puncheons

Cooperage
Ermitage, Saury

Bottling Date
June 3, 2016

Alcohol
15%

Release Date
Spring 2017

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AIDA ESTATE LATE HARVEST ZINFANDEL 2017 BOTTLING

CURRENT RELEASE

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. e 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. e palate of this unique desert wine is lively and clean with hints of ripe figs and touches of spearmint. is 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 7, 2017

Alcohol
18.5%

Release Date
Fall 2017

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2015 CRU CABERNET SAUVIGNON

CURRENT RELEASE

“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. is is deliberate, detail-oriented winemaking resulting in an elegantly composed wine that depicts the best of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Like the previous season, 2015 was a year of drought and water scarcity. A milder winter, with few days below freezing, led to another early bud break. e mild temperatures continued into the summer and finally ramped up towards the end of the season. In a year with such a sporadic growing season, irrigation practices were crucial. We harvested our lowest yielding crop in a decade, but the wines have phenomenal acidity and structure. While the valley experienced more growing challenges than in previous years, the wines are showing amazing complexity and have long aging potential.

The 2015 Vineyard 29 Cru Cabernet is reminiscent of the 2013 Cru Cabernet and we couldn’t be more pleased. This dense and violet-hued wine opens with explosive aromas of red and black fruits, cocoa powder and hints of graphite. e palate follows with cassis, tar and black currants and underlying notes of purple flowers and dark figs. A powerful palate is balanced with powerful, but fine grain tannins and a seemingly endless finish.

Harvest Dates
August 27 — September 29, 2015

Barrel Age
17 months in 50% new Oak, 100% French Oak

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

Blend
84% Cabernet Sauvignon,
6% Merlot, 4% Petite Verdot,
4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec

Bottling Date
April 20, 2017

Alcohol
14.7%

Release Date
Fall 2017

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2015 CRU SAUVIGNON BLANC

CURRENT RELEASE

“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.

Like the previous season, 2015 was a year of drought and water scarcity. A milder winter, with few days below freezing, led to another early bud break. The mild temperatures continued into the summer and finally ramped up towards the end of the season. In a year with such a sporadic growing season, irrigation practices were crucial. We harvested our lowest yielding crop in a decade, but the wines have phenomenal acidity and structure. While the valley experienced more growing challenges than in previous years, the wines are showing amazing complexity and have long aging potential.

Vibrant tropical aromatics of Meyer lemon, pineapple, and fresh tangerine stand out for the 2015 Cru Sauvignon Blanc. e fresh fruit aromas give way on the pallet to vanilla, toffee, and pine nut with a smooth crème brulee texture, while hints of crushed stone and fresh grass provide weight. The expressive nose, perfect balance of depth and freshness, finish with delicate hints of flinty minerality and crisp acidity.

Harvest Dates
August 20 — August 25, 2015

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

Cooperage
Ermitage, Saury, Orion, Quintessance

Bottling Date
January 24, 2017

Alcohol
14.3%

Release Date
Spring 2017

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2015 CRU PINOT NOIR

CURRENT RELEASE

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.

The 2015 Cru Pinot Noir presents a classic example of a Willamette Valley offering. Showing vibrant aromatics of wild strawberry, lavender, and sage, with subtle hints of Herbs de Provence. The velvety, savory spices, truffle, and forest floor balance impeccably with notes of fresh fruit and mineral tones. A clean, balanced finish with hints of lobster shell, chanterelles, and pomegranate rounds out this traditional Burgundian pinot. At our library tasting this wine is perfect for pairing alongside a rocket salad with balsamic glazed rhubarb, Roquefort, grilled chinook salmon and tarragon-raspberry vinaigrette. is Pinot Noir will drink beautifully for 10 plus years.

Harvest Dates
September 7 — September 22, 2015

Barrel Age
10 months in 50% New Oak, 100% French Oak

Cooperage
Remond, Francois Frères, Tonnellerie O

Bottling Date
August 17, 2016

Alcohol
13.5%

Release Date
Spring 2017