Our tasting:
Vineyard 29 Estate Sauvignon Blanc: On the nose I found aromas of white peaches, honey, floral white flowers and apples.  On the palate it was clean, crisp with a long
finish dusted with creme brulee that would be perfectly paired with rich seafood.  This is a great spring, summer sipping wine to enjoy with friends.

2007 V29 Aida Zinfandel: On the nose I found aromas of soft berries, blueberries, plums and minerals.  In the mouth it was almost "Cabernetish"and very well balanced
with "no elbows sticking out".  

2007 V29 Estate Cabernet Franc: On the nose I found aromas of lead, minerals, pencil shavings and layers of dark fruit.  In the mouth it was well balanced, firm tannins
and finished quietly.

2006 Aida Cabernet Sauvignon: This was a very fruit forward wine that will pair really well with food.  Flavors of cassis, chocolate covered cherries, toast dipped in
caramel.

2006 V29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon: This was full of fresh fruit aromas and flavors of cherries, strawberries with a creamy, velvet feel in the mouth.  This wine will age
beautifully for years, decades to come.

V29 Late Harvest Zinfandel: This is a mastermind of carefully blended vintages from 2002 through 2008.  Aromas of cedar and sweet spices that lead to flavors of fig,
coconut and toffee.  A perfect end to a perfect tasting.

At the end of my visit I was very impressed with Vineyard 29.  They pay close attention to detail with their gentle approach of eco-friendly methods of winemaking and their
discriminating high standards of only using the best fruits. Under the direct supervision of their talented winemaker, Philppe Melka.  It is with no doubt in mind why V29 has
such a large following and is highly regarded.  Vineyard 29 wines are not very accessible due to their limited production, a few cases are distributed throughout the country
and featured on some of the countries top restaurants wine lists such as Club 21, NYC where they offer Vineyard 29, 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon, 750ml at $625.00. The
rest are sold exclusively on the pre-release basis to their mailing list members which is currently closed.  If you are interested you may place your name on their waiting list
and will be added to their mailing list when available. Looking forward for you to experience the complex layers and balanced taste of two of the flagships of Vineyard 29,   
the V29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and the Aida Estate Cabernet Sauvignon which will be featured in one of our
 Future Shipments  and I am certain you will savor them
just as much as I have!  
'Till next time,

Cheers!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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The latest adapted technolegy at V29,   RFID,
or, Radio Frequency Identification it is currently
on every V29 Bottle of wine to track and prevent
counter-fitting
The newly constructed
building at V29
Tuesday,  May 4, 2010
Location: St. Helena, Napa Valley
Temp.       About 72 F, another great day in paradise.
10AM on a beautiful, clear day in St Helena, Napa. I arrived at the unmarked, nondescript location of Vineyard 29.  I was graciously greeted by Austin Gallion, the director
of hospitality who guided me to a balcony with breathtaking views of the "hourglass" portion of Napa Valley.   

With a Riedel red wine glass in hand, sipping on a mysterious deep colored red wine with an intriguing long finish of dark chocolate that would be explained at a later time, I
was given a brief history of the winery.   Chuck and Anne McMinn acquired the stewardship of Vineyard 29 in 2000 and began its evolution from a single vineyard to a full
scale winery, with the desire to create memorable wines, after all the property was located in a very highly acclaimed St. Helena AVA, right next to the well regarded winery
of the Grace Family to the south. Picking through the fine fruit, berry by berry and with Chuck's technical background who is a mastermind in measuring, implementing and
improving, the results were almost guaranteed, an upper tier fine wine that would rank very high among the best names in wine country.  

Austin then revealed the identity of the wine that was poured in my glass when I first arrived, he unveiled the name of V29's newest acquired land/vineyard, the 2007 Clare
Luce Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, which is located right next door to the north of highway 29.  
Austin Gallion (right) and I (left)
It was now time to taste the other wines of V29.  Austin led me through the ongoing
operation of the bottling of the current release V29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Magnums.  I entered the meticulously barrel lined cave that led to double glass doors
into the library tasting room which was elegantly crowned with the V29 emblem/logo. All
of the walls were lined with bottles of V29's past vintages as well as the original Grace
family label.  
It was interesting for me to see an over sized bottle that had the
Grace Family logo along with Vineyard 29 displayed selections.
It was explained to me that the original vines at V29 came from
the famed Grace Family vineyard.  Upon gazing around I noticed
a couple of large format bottles that had several gold
autographs...I was told that V29 holds an event every February
29th(Leap Year) for their top 29 clients where a star chef is
invited to maestro a culinary delight of a menu that is paired with
the fine wines of Vineyard 29.  For example, Thomas Keller, from
The French Laundry was the star culinaire at the last event.  We
sat down at a round, elegantly set table, where I was given the
opportunity to taste more than the usual V29 samplings due to
the fact that Robert Parker had been visiting the day before.  
Lucky me...I must check his schedule and follow!  
Duck Confit, NY Sirloin and Colorado Lamb
Vineyard 29
For The Distinctive Epicurean and Wine Enthusiast
Chef   & Vintner
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