2014 Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley


Beautiful notes of chocolate-covered strawberries open the 2014 Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, melding into a luxurious balance of dark cherries and dark chocolate with marjoram and thyme. Parker said “this is a stunner.” Intense black fruit on the palate, satiny tannins and a lengthy finish of ripe fruits make this a Cabernet that can be enjoyed now or aged for years to come.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Philippe Melka
20 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 75% new
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot
Alcohol %:
SKU #:
750 ml Bottle

Wine Advocate

As for their flagship wine, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon 29 Estate, this is a blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon from the so-called Grace clone and 2% Petit Verdot that was aged 20 months in 85% new French oak. Only 740 cases were made of this opaque purple-colored wine that offers up terrific fruit, loads of blackberry, blueberry, spring flowers, a touch of charcoal and graphite, followed by a multidimensional, full-bodied mouthfeel with sweet tannin and a finish of 45+ seconds. Drink now-2038. This is a stunner.



Bright full ruby. Complex, dark aromas of crushed cassis and black raspberry, licorice, cocoa powder, coffee and cedary cigar box. Seriously dense and stuffed with fruit; perhaps a bit less refined and harmonious today than the extraordinary 2013 but even sweeter in the early going and quite juicy for a wine from a drought year. This very rich, long wine finishes with sweet, horizontal tannins and subtle minerality. I should note that I tasted two other bottles of this wine of roughly equal quality, but both were tighter and more medicinal, perhaps in the process of shutting down. From a drawn-out harvest that started very early, on September 8, but did not finish until October 10. (ST)