29 Estate · 2010 · Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2010 vintage year brought the return of rain to the Napa Valley after several dry years. The growing season opened with cool to mild temperatures that persisted throughout the summer, lasting until the end of August. Heat spikes in September encouraged grape maturity but required diligent cluster and canopy management to optimally ripen clusters for a harvest about two weeks later than average. The long, cool 2010 growing season resulted in grapes with higher acids and lower sugars and wonderfully developed flavors – translating into wines that are classically structured and elegant – hallmarks of our 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our richly hued 2010 '29 Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon opens with alluring aromas of black cassis, leather, dark chocolate shavings and hints of rich vanilla. Secondary earth notes of crushed leaves and fresh tobacco conjure images of a brilliant fall day. The aromas are echoed on the palate, intermingling with pure black fruits, anise, and crushed stone. Harmonious acidity frames a firm tannin structure while maintaining this wine's plush texture into a seemingly endless finish. Generously decant now or cellar for 25 years or more.
October 14 and 22, 2010
20 months, 85% new French Oak
Taransaud, Demptos, Ermitage
May 12, 2012