94 Point Classic California Cabernet

94 Point Classic California Cabernet

Posted on Feb, 10. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

Almost exactly 12 months ago I pounded the table offering the 2005 Anderson’s Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. As a Robert Parker favorite and super-highly rated CA cabernet that the Guild can offer at right around $50, I figured it was a “can’t miss” and we indeed sold quite a bit of it. For those who purchased and enjoyed that wine, or for those who missed it and have regretted it ever since, today we’re offering the 2006 release AT THE SAME PRICE.

I’ll crib my background comments on this producer from the prior offer for those who aren’t familiar with them:

…I am absolutely thrilled today to be able to offer the latest release from one of my all-time favorite producers of outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon — Anderson’s Conn Valley. Robert Parker has been trumpeting this winery’s virtues for the past 10-15 years, and yet it still remains somewhat under the radar, perhaps due to its out-of-the-tourist flow location a few miles down Conn Valley Road off of Silverado Trail. In his just-released year-end reviews of the best California wines, Parker had this to say about them: “It’s safe to say that Todd Anderson and winemaking assistant Mac Sawyer are flying on all cylinders with their Bordeaux varietals at this winery tucked away in Conn Valley.” He supplemented that by saying later: “These are all sensational wines, all worth tracking down in the marketplace.”

For me, my attachment to their wines is more personal — Anderson’s Conn Valley is the location of the most enjoyable single wine tasting experience my wife and I have ever had, back in 2000. Todd himself met us at the door, and quickly asked how much time we had available to taste some of his wines. Not certain quite the answer he was looking for, we mumbled “an hour and a half?” figuring that ought to be more than sufficient and hopefully not overdo it. “Uh-oh, then we’d better hurry” was Todd’s reply, and he grabbed us by the arms, threw us into his pickup, and raced up the hill to the cellar. Roughly a dozen bottles, 10 barrel samples, and two-and-a-half hours later we reemerged back into the sunlight with a pretty good buzz, great big smiles, and some wonderful memories from spending time with such a incredibly entertaining character. That he makes such exceptional wines is icing on the cake. Whenever anyone asks us for recommendations for Napa Valley tastings, Anderson’s Conn Valley (and that story) is the first one I mention.

While I haven’t yet had a chance to taste this vintage myself, this producer is remarkably consistent year-to-year in terms of style and quality. Lucky for us, the esteemed Robert Parker has, and in his most recent Napa issue his review of the 2006 Anderson’s Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve we’re offering today is pretty much every bit as solid as the 2005:

The unfined, unfiltered 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve spends two years in French oak and another year in the bottle before being released. This cuvee has a strong track record of aging (the 1990 and 1991 are still going strong). The dense ruby/purple tinged 2006 offers notes of new saddle leather, black currants, autumnal vegetation/forest floor, cassis and cherries, superb richness, and a full-bodied, powerful finish. Cellar it for 5-6 years, and drink it over the following 25. 94 points.

Perhaps in deference to a challenging economy or a softening of demand at the high end of the wine market, Todd Anderson decided to maintain the same release price on this year’s wine despite the consistently high ratings. Whatever the case, we’re happy to take advantage of that, and the power of the Guild makes this wine an incredible value for an outstanding example of classic California Cabernet that can go toe-to-toe with the absolute best Bordeaux has to offer.

2006 Anderson’s Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Retail price before [member discount|Our members save an average of 25% off the normal retail prices. As a courtesy to the retail wine industry we do not publish our prices.] $65.00 • Buy this wine!

Just like last year’s offer, I’ll reiterate that there are wines you enjoy, wines you love and wines you truly treasure — this, for me, is the latter. I’m not sure I can recommend a wine more highly, given my personal experience with this wine and winery, Parker’s obvious enthusiasm, and the (relative) price. There are under a half-dozen cases at the distributor of this highly allocated wine, so please move quickly to ensure we can secure your order.

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