2007 Conn Creek Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1074553 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* This is a blend of the various vineyards Conn Creek has access to. It is a splendid testimony to the winemaker’s ability to take disparate lots and make them harmonious. Just a beautiful Cabernet, dry and softly luscious, with complex blackberry, black currant, anise and cedar flavors. A wonderful experience now, and it should develop in the bottle for several years.  (12/ 2011)

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/7/2011  | Send Email
Napa Valley: check. 2007: check. Established producer with a great reputation: check. Under $20? WOW! In a blind tasting, the 07 Conn Creek Napa Cab will out-show many similar Cabs that sell for more that twice its price. It is full-bodied, structured Cabernet, with textbook blackcurrant and cassis aromas, mineral undertones, and smokey vanilla highlights. The palate is full with creamy layers and firm tannins. Vanilla and toasty wood bring up the finish. This is the deal of the season in Napa Cabernet.

 By: Doug Bewsher |  Review Date: 2/16/2012 
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Great full but not heavy cab.

 By: JCD |  Review Date: 12/30/2011 
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I have had $60 cabs that were not this good. A steal. Has correct "cab" flavors.
Drink from 2011 to 2015

 By: Lucas Taroli |  Review Date: 12/7/2011 
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Had this bottle tonight with my father in law. We were very excited about this one based on the staff recommendation by Ms. Shannon. Good year, good price point, good review. Unfortunately this wine does not live up to the hype. This wine is mediocre at best. Absolutely no fruit on the palette and weak finish that is not memorable. Not sure how WE gets 93pts and how Ms. Shannon gets, "The palate is full with creamy layers and firm tannins. Vanilla and toasty wood bring up the finish." Not worth another try.....

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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.

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.


- 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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5