Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge 2017
Blend: 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc, 4% Melrot, 2% Petit Verdot
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Lots of blackcurrants, red plums, toasted spice, and dried herb notes all emerge from the 2017 Red Blend Eloge, another terrific 2017 from this team. Based on 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot, this medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, balanced effort has the fruit and charm to drink nicely today yet will keep for 15-20 years as well.
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.
Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.
Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.