29 Estate · 1995 · Cabernet Sauvignon
"This wine has a beautiful deep ruby color. The nose gives you a combination of sweet ripe Cabernet fruit and some racy spiciness. The fruit from this vineyard consistently produces wines with a black cherry and currant character and this vintage shows this as well. In the mouth, the wine is lively but very soft and elegant. The black cherry carries through on the palate with almost no sign of tannin and a rather lengthy finish. This is an easy-to-drink wine with a lot of finesse and can be enjoyed without much bottle age." —Heidi Peterson Barrett, winemaker.
Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate:
"Aged in 100% new French oak casks for 22 months before bottling, the 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon offers a dark ruby color, followed by a sweet, aggressively woody nose…the wine exhibits fine ripeness, copious quantities of rich, chewy fruit, medium to full body, and wood tannin in the finish...this is a flamboyant, oaky, spicy Cabernet Sauvignon that requires 2-4 more years of cellaring; it should keep for 15-20 years."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Superripe, sappy nose combines blackcurrant, chocolate and brown spices. Sweet, supple and chewy on the palate; already displays expressive inner-mouth aromatics. A fairly big wine, finishing with excellent length and thoroughly buffered tannins. Faint notes of roast coffee and game on the aftertaste."
The Underground Wine Journal:
"Dark color. Deep perfume of spice, cherries, berries and chocolate. Full, rich, concentrated palate. Berries, cherries, spice and chocolate. Very flavorful and delicious. Outstanding potential."
The Insiders' Wine Line:
"...has an aromatic bouquet of black cherry, black currants, dill, licorice and coffee, hinting of spice and vanilla. On the palate the black cherry, currant, licorice and roasted nut flavors are well-integrated, with good depth and balance, followed by a very fruity, expansive finish with balanced tannins. Outstanding potential."
October 4, 1995
23 months in French Oak