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35% Off A Top Tier Napa Cab Blend From A Classic Estate - 03/16/2017 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

With the 2010 Anderson's Conn Valley "Eloge" there are a trifecta of qualities that raise it to the level of a must-have bottling. First, is the universal praise it’s received from both our staff and the critics. The fact is, it’s all too easy to succumb to this 93+ pointer’s charms as it captures perfectly everything one expects from a classic Napa red. Second is the pedigree of Anderson’s Conn Valley. Among the most recognizable names in the Napa for their opulent wines that highlight the best aspects of this hallowed appellation, Anderson’s Conn Valley enjoys a legendary status in a region of giants . And third, there’s the price. Elsewhere you’ll pay $85 for this “deeply expressive” 2010, but we were able to negotiate an amazing deal that knocks 35% off that price take. Once you combine all these factors, it becomes evident the 2010 “Eloge” is one wine you won’t want to miss.

Predominantly a blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this 2010 is velvety, saturated, and with deeply expressive fruit flavors that go on for days. Blackberry, wild plum, cassis, and a host of other dark fruits take center stage, but the secondary players are equally important in this show. Grilled meats, tobacco, mocha, wild herbs, and garrigue complete a picture that is utterly thrilling from beginning to end. Drinking wonderfully now this 2010 has the power and structure to develop for another decade or more. Given its insanely low price this is one gem you’ll want to stock up on.

2010 Anderson's Conn Valley

2010 Anderson's Conn Valley "Eloge" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Elsewhere $85) Price: Hidden

93 points Vinous: "Grilled herbs, tobacco, menthol, licorice and plums all take shape in the 2010 Eloge. Rich, layered and expressive, the 2010 is resonant and deeply expressive throughout. Gently spiced notes appear on the finish, adding dimensions of complexity and nuance. Today the 2010 is a bit closed in on itself and a touch compact, while the aromatics aren't quite as precise as they could be. I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted at Conn Valley this year. The wines are often terrific, but at the same time, they have also occasionally suffered from the presence of brett, something that can add character up to a certain point when it starts to mask the fruit. Under the guidance of new winemaker Robert Hunt the Conn Valley wines seem cleaner, purer and much more expressive, all great things for those of us who love these wines. Conn Valley fans will note an addition to the range with 2012, the Merlot Signature, which now sits next to the Cabernet Sauvignon Signature at the top of the lineup. It is going to be exciting to see how things develop at Conn Valley over the next few years. We may very well be at the beginning of a new chapter for this distinguished, Napa Valley estate. 93+ (AG)" (11/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Eloge program has always been Andersons Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon blend. From a late harvest (through the first week of November), the 2010 Eloge is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot aged 24 months in wood. Its dark plum/ruby color does not possess the saturation of the Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. Plenty of jammy blueberry, black cherry and wild mountain berry fruit set it apart from previous vintages of this cuvee. Medium-bodied and more Euro-centric in style, it is an attractive albeit lower-keyed, down-scaled version of Eloge. It should drink well for 10-12 years. (RP)" (10/2013)

K&L Notes: Wines at the apex of their drinkability, this sort of hallowed idea is talked about sort of like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster, there is a lot of people that think they have seen it but there is no way to prove it one way or another. Well, add me to that list because I felt exactly that way when I tried the 2010 Anderson's Conn Valley "Eloge" recently. This blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot was just singing, so much so that we bought all that was left in the state. We simply could not pass up letting you know about this special wine and the even better opportunity that our new price allows. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 14, 2017

Subtle eucalyptus on the nose, with darker berry and plum fruit balanced by just enough acidity and structure, the 2010 Eloge is a sophisticated blend, as classically Bordeaux as Napa gets. Spicy with tobacco and pepper notes, plus elegant tannins through the finish, this is a beauty from Conn Creek at a killer price.

Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 14, 2017

I love the nose on this wine, with all of its ripe figs, black raspberries, violet and herbs. The palate reflects more restraint than the nose and I find myself pondering what's in the glass a lot longer than normal. This is a good thing. Velvety, great supporting acidity and a lingering finish. Run, don't walk to the store because this will not last long.

Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 14, 2017

Beautiful red and black fruit, feminine and not overpowering, very well supported. Long, delicate finish. I could have sat and just smelled it for hours. A Bordeaux blend perfected by Napa.

Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 14, 2017

This is an incredibly ethereal, balanced California Bordeaux blend. You will find aromas of black currents, tobacco and fresh cracked black pepper on the nose. The palate provides flavors of black plum, savory cooked meat and blackberry. There is a fruit purity with a thread of earth, loads of acidity and fine tannin structure. Simply, beautiful.

Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 14, 2017

Anderson's Conn Valley has always been a Napa favorite of mine but for some reason unbeknownst to me, they fell off my radar for a brief moment. But the second I tasted the 2010 Eloge Bordeaux Blend, all those warm fuzzy feelings I had about Anderson's Conn Valley came rushing back to me. This wine is freakin' amazing and is such a classic example of what makes this winery so fabulous! I was instantly hit with explosive aromatics of dark cassis, tobacco, savory spice, celery root and hints of garrigue on the nose. The palate is surprisingly chock full of a lifted saltiness and umami driven flavors that are a test to how beautifully these wines age. This wine is a must have!