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Tasting Wines of Anderson’s Conn Valley

Once again Stew Leonard’s Wines brought up a excellent opportunity to experience wines (you can find some of the old posts about wine tasting at Stew Leonard’s Wines here). This time, the tasting included wines from Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards in Napa Valley, California.

Four different wines were presented in the tasting: 2009 Anderson’s Conn Valley Prologue Chardonnay, 2008 Anderson’s Conn Valley Prologue Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Anderson’s Conn Valley Right Bank and 2008 Anderson’s Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. There was also wine #5 there, 2006 Anderson’s Conn Valley Eloge, but only available for sale, not for tasting (in large, 3L bottle format, at $599 each).

2009 Anderson’s Conn Valley Prologue Chardonnay had a very nice nose of white fruit, very delicate and inviting. On the palate, it was also nice and light, but too sweet – the elegance was lost behind that unexpected sweetness. Don’t get me wrong – this was still a nice wine, and it was, of course, a dry wine – but it was asking for more acidity. And for my personal taste I like more tannins and butter. Drinkability: 7+

Next was 2008 Anderson’s Conn Valley Prologue Cabernet Sauvignon. As winemaker Todd Anderson, who was present at the tasting, said, “this wine for made for the price point”. The price point ( in that particular store) was $23.99, which would make it a reasonably priced Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was oaky, with some fruit showing up in the background. It will probably improve over the next 4-5 years. Drinkability: 7

Next in the tasting was 2008 Anderson’s Conn Valley Right Bank red, which is a Bordeaux style blend ( Merlot/Cabernet Franc). This wine actually was quite enjoyable, with good structure and good balance of fruit, acidity and tannins, nice, very delicate earthy notes of the good Bordeaux, and with medium finish. This wine was best in tasting. It will also improve with ageing, probably over the next 10 years or more. Drinkability: 8-

Lat wine in the tasting was 2008 Anderson’s Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grape. This wine had a great nose of black currant and blackberries, and very delicate balance on the palate. At the same time, it was lacking the body and was falling short on the finish. It is quite possible that this wine will improve with age, or may be even with the breathing time, but as it was presented in the tasting, it was lacking the “umph” factor. Drinkability: 7+

Overall, it was great to be able to try good California wines, and if you are not following Stew Leonard’s Wines on Facebook, click here to open their page and become fun – this way you will not miss any opportunities to try some good wines. Until the next time – Cheers!

  1. BRAD DUNN
    May 18, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Indeed a great article. By the way I have a business & want gift Wine clubs membership to my clients. One of my friends suggested Celebration Wine Club in California .He said it is one of the best wine clubs. They deliver gift in quite good manner. They wrap, pack, and ship outstanding wines beautifully without extra cost, and they enclose a card with personal message. I think it is the best idea, what do you guys say about them?

    • talkavino
      May 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Brad, thank you for the comment! Regarding your question – I don’t have personal experience with this wine club. I have no doubts on the service side – this is what these types of clubs are for. However, as far as wines themselves are concerned, in majority of the cases those clubs use private labels, so it is hard to find any information on the wine except what the club will give. But – gift is a gift – I think that the attention in this case matters the most, so I think you should be fine with about any club. I would may be make only one recommendation – limit the subscription by three month – I think this is reasonable duration without making people bored with it.
      The only alternative to the clubs is for you to select all the wines in the good wine store, and have them pack and ship (or locally deliver) them for you – I’m sure some of the stores might do this for you.

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