1999 Andersons Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge
Napa Valley, California
WB Rating: 91

Alcohol by volume: 13.0%
Price at time of purchase: $40.00 (from winery)
Type: Cabernet / Bordeaux
Principal varietal(s): 65% Cab, 25% Cab Franc, 10% Merlot

We've tasted this wine on three occasions now over the past two years, and it's been excellent each time. Purchased for $40 at the winery during a nearly 1/2-off sale, this Cabernet has superb aromatics that remind me of a top-flight St. Julien. Dark currants, cranberry, black cherry, and subtle violet-like floral notes highlight the complex nose. Structured very like a top Bordeaux - less weighty in the mouth and much less alcoholic than some of the bigger Conn Valley Eloge's of recent years. Perhaps it lacks a bit of grip compared to those bigger wines, but it is still a sensational Cabernet. It's drinking great right now and will continue to do so for at least another 10 years. - HK 2010-04-18


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