Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Signature 2010
Incredibly layered with black, blue, and red fruits. The back drop has that
traditional cassis you'd come to expect with Cab, but streaks of blackberry, red berries and plum, and touches of blue berry make the nose extremely complex and powerful.
The smoke and tar elements from the oak accent and don't over power this wonderful collage of fruits. Highlights of crushed roses, blue flowers and anise round out this ethereal monster.
The palate follows the nose with of expressive black, blue and red fruits,
licorice, anise, tobacco, smoke, rosehips, and violets. What stands out is the massive structure of this wine! There are some broad shoulders to support the abundance of fruit. This wine should be put away if you can keep your hands off of it.
Separated from the Napa Valley floor by a north/south running ridge, the world-renowned wineries of Joseph Heitz and Joseph Phelps are located on the west side of this ridge and the Anderson's Estate Vineyards are on the east side at a perfect elevation of 400 feet.
The vineyards not only enjoy Napa Valley's superb microclimate, but share the same Bale Loam Series as are found on the famous Rutherford Bench. This combination of clay-loam soil and microclimate produces up to 106 tons of exceptional fruit each year. One from which a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blend, called Éloge, can be artfully handcrafted.
One of the most prestigious wines of the world capable of great power and grace, Napa Valley Cabernet is a leading force in the world of fine, famous, collectible red wine. Today the Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that this marriage came to light; sudden international recognition rained upon Napa with the victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris.
Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly dominates Napa Valley today, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and earning the most critical acclaim. Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure, acidity, capacity to thrive in multiple environs and ability to express nuances of vintage make it perfect for Napa Valley where incredible soil and geographical diversity are found and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that express specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil—as a perfect example, Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.