This is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot. It was given some air prior to serving and double decanted back into the bottle which seemed about right. Ruby/purple in color, opaque if a bit flat. The nose is nice with black cherries, cassis, slight cigar box and a bit of spice. The tannins are all resolved. Medium bodied. On the palate, cherries and black cherries. Some depth.
This is a very nice Chardonnay in a middle of the road style. Golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has pineapple, toast, hazelnuts, and caramel. Full bodied. Nice texture. On the palate, this round with no hard edges. Drinks easy. Apples, pineapple, and char swirls in the glass. Enough acidity to work. Nice finish. Drink over the next year or two as its starting to show some age. This drinks well on its own and will work nicely with salmon.
2008 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve, USA, California, Napa, Conn Valley, Wine Review
Conn Valley is slightly out of the way in the Napa Valley, but this winery continues to make great wines at fair prices. It was nice to be able to try one with a bit of age on it. I had last tried this wine on release and from Magnum when it was more about potential. That potential has been (mostly) realized. There will be further development but it is close to maturity. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, slight black raspberries, a bit of cedar and spice. On the palate, this is very concentrated. Not a fruit bomb, but certainly of Napa. Lots of cassis and black raspberries over