29 Estate · 1997 · Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley experienced a perfect growing season in 1997, providing grapes that were luscious and profuse. Budbreak was mid-March; bloom was May 10; and summer temperatures were moderate and even. The 1997 Vineyard 29 shows great potential for complex development and a long future. As with most of our vintages, the nose presents lush, dark fruit. On the palate, the wine is very well balanced, with a lengthy finish. Heidi Barrett, who made this wine, should be proud.
Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate:
"Sweet, rich, full, and concentrated is the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by pure black currant fruit intertwine with tobacco, vanillin, and spice. This lush, full-bodied effort displays sweet tannin, and cuts a powerful swath across the palate. The finish reveals high extraction and harmony. It will be even better in 1-3 years, and should last for two decades."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Full ruby red. Full-blown aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, minerals, tar and tobacco. Lush, dense and very concentrated, with deep dark fruit flavors complicated by roasted flinty and floral nuances. Firm acids give the flavors very good definition. Thicker than the '98. Finishes with big but ripe and even tannins. Also showing very well."
September 10-25, 1997
21 months in French Oak