A Spectacular 2007 California Cabernet Reserve

A Spectacular 2007 California Cabernet Reserve

Posted on Sep, 27. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

Many of you have are probably aware of the quality of the 2007 vintage in California. Robert Parker considers it an outstanding vintage for pretty much all regions and varietals in California, and you’d need to go back to the renowned years of 2001 or 1997 to see similar across-the-board strength. As a result, we at the Guild have been actively seeking out California wines from the 2007 vintage, and have found numerous examples of outstanding values at many different price points to offer over the past 6 months.

Now that we’re well into 2010, most of the lower-end producers have moved on to the 2008 vintage and it’s the better producers making more expensive wines whose 2007s are showing up in the market. I have been waiting anxiously for the release of a couple of my favorite wines from this vintage, and we got word on Friday that one has finally arrived — the 2007 Anderson’s Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Now, this wine may be familiar to many of you, as we sold large quantities of both the 2005 and 2006 vintages following my rave reviews. This truly is one of the high-end cabernets that deliver tremendously consistent results, and when they get the benefit of an exceptional vintage, then watch out!

Here are Parker’s comments about the 2007 vintage for California Cabernet:

2007 is no doubt the greatest vintage for Bordeaux varietals in Napa since 2001 and 2002. It is different than both of these vintages. The 2007s are not as tannic, backward, or powerful as the 2001s were early in life, nor as exuberantly opulent and voluptuous with as intense fruit, charm, and seductiveness as the 2002s were at a similar stage. There is a freshness, delineation, and laser-like focus in the finest 2007s that speaks well to the continuing development of terroirs, the superb viticultural management at the top sites, and the hands-off winemaking practiced by the top consultants. The wines possess plenty of tannin as well as good structure and acidity, but are seamless with wonderful sweetness. The finest examples also reveal impressive concentration, texture, and length.

Parker also raved specifically about the 2007 Anderson’s Conn Valley Cabernet Reserve in his recent Napa issues, scoring it (94-96+) and (93-95+) in his two published reviews. The CellarTracker scores are also very strong, all in the 93-95 range with comments like the following:

Tasted by Beebe on 8/20/2010 & rated 93 points: Had at a dinner (popped & poured) so notes from memory. Black / purple in the glass. Blackberry, cassis, tobacco, and black licorice on the nose (very fragrant). Those elements continued on the palate plus some mint / eucalyptus overtones with great acid / fruit balance, medium+ body with no holes from the attack to the long finish. Tannins were noticeable on the finish but are well integrated. Got better with airtime. Will buy more.

I won’t bore those of you who read the offers for the 2005 and 2006 Anderson’s Conn Valley Cabernet Reserve by reiterating the same old stories of how they are one of my all-time favorite producers in Napa, or how they hosted the single best tasting I’ve ever had, or how their winemaker in one of the most interesting characters I’ve ever met in the business — you can read about all of that in the link above. I will say, however, that I believe this is an outstanding wine, and absolutely one which you would be thrilled to own. Great producer, great vintage, great reviews, and the ability to drink now or markedly improve with age.

The 2007 vintage in California is akin to he 2005 vintage in Bordeaux, but without the insane price gouging that the French do when given the opportunity. Once again, the price on the Anderson’s Conn Valley Cabernet Reserve is the same as it was last year (and the year before), making it a stunning value and one that’s not to be missed.

2007 Anderson’s Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Napa Valley, California
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $51.32 • Premier Cru: $53.66 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $65.00
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HOWEVER, once again there are only a half-dozen cases of this wine in the state of Virginia, so we will need to act fast to get as much as we can for the Guild. Please join me in ordering — you’ll love this wine…

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