2006 Anderson's Conn Valley "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1046660 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The unfined, unfiltered 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve spends two years in French oak and another year in the bottle before being released. This cuvee has a long track record of aging (the 1990 and 1991 are still going strong). The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2006 offers notes of new saddle leather, black currants, autumnal vegetation/forest floor, cassis, and cherries, superb richness, and a full-bodied, powerful finish. Cellar it for 5-6 years, and drink it over the following 25 years.  (12/ 2009)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/1/2009  | Send Email
This has been my favorite California Cabernet producer in the store for the last few vintages and the 2006 is fantastic. A surprising open nose of black currants, toasty oak and a bit of spice. The rich mouth-feel is all black fruit almost liqueur-like with more toasty oak, spice and coffee flavors with a long finish that shows some mineral notes at the end. Lots of tannic structure but the wine is accessible now although a few years of cellaring and it will be even better. I think it is a bit more elegant than the 2005.

By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/9/2009  | Send Email
A must try for Cabernet Sauvignon lovers everywhere! You will be hooked after the first sip...with a bouquet that is reminiscent of a mature Bordeaux and a velvety, layered mouthfeel full of concentrated fruit and focus, it gives the best of both worlds! You will ooh and ahh over this beautifully structured, organic Napa Cab! Drinking absolutley perfect now and will just get better over the next 20+ years. Pair with candlelight and a willing companion...followed by filet mignon with a balsamic reduction sauce and fresh gorgonzola sprinkled on top.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.