2008 Anderson's Conn Valley "Right Bank" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1065850 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The lightest of the three vintages, the 2008 is a full-bodied effort displaying lots of cassis, bay leaf, charcoal, and subtle smoke. Expect it to drink well for 15 or so years. Tucked away in the sometimes seemingly forgotten Conn Valley, this winery is run with considerable gusto by Todd Anderson and his winemaker Mac Sawyer. This is an undeniable source of very complex and potentially age worthy wines... The Right Bank cuvee is made from Merlot, which usually dominates, and the rest Cabernet Franc. This offering has been a winner since its debut release and it continues to be one of Napa Valley’s most interesting wines.  (12/ 2010)

K&L Notes

This sure is a beauty. The blend is 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc, and it's called "Right Bank" in hommage to St. Emilion and Pomerol in Bordeaux. Year in, year out, Anderson's Conn Valley makes some of the absolute top Napa reds available.

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/5/2012  | Send Email
I had the great opportunity to hang out with Mr Todd Anderson at his winery last year, tasting through countless bottles and barrels, but I kept coming back to this wine. The 2008 Right Bank has a richness and complexity to it that demands a meal of equal caliber. In the final throes of "winter" in the Bay Area, this wine has me braising beef shanks, roasting the last of the Brussel's sprouts, and pouring this lovely bold wine from my decanter, tempting me to start a fire in the fireplace while the nights are still “chilly.”

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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.
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California

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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.