2014 Anderson's Conn Valley 'Reserve'Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
We taste it all, and we're here to tell you that the following wine, absolutely packed n' stacked with dense fruit and flavor, can hang with the big boys, and even pants a few of them, any day of the week. We tasted through the cellar with winemaker Rob Hunt, and frankly were awestruck at the sheer concentration of fruit to be found in these wines, across vintages.
Bob Parker also has his bullhorn out for this property. He called their 2014 Estate Reserve Cabernet "a beautiful example of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Dense purple with a gorgeous, young, but promising nose of blackberry and cassis, licorice, forest floor and earth, the wine hits the palate with a supple, ripe integrated tannic framework, intense black fruits, full body and a long finish. This is a stunner and another great example from Todd Anderson's vineyard that first produced Cabernet Sauvignon in 1987 and is coming up on its 30th anniversary next year. This wine, given the track record of Anderson Conn Valley wines to age, has a good 25-30 years of life in it."
Anderson's Conn Valley, whose vines are now nearly 30 years old, is cranking out some of the Napa Valley's very best Cabernet Sauvignon, but is somehow not part of collectors' awareness as much as the likes of Harlan, Bond, Scarecrow, or Schrader. Neither is its neighbor Seavey, who we would place in the same category. Conn Valley is overlooked because it's kind of remote, not as accessible as its neighbor on the other side of Lake Hennessey, Pritchard Hill.