The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (4,400 cases) could easily pass for a classy Bordeaux in a blind tasting. The nose offers up earth, minerals, black currants, and cigar box/tobacco aromas. This dark ruby/purple-colored wine is lean and tannic, with sweet black currant fruit on the attack, but a dry, angular, tannic finish. There is a sense of weight and ripeness, but this 1995 still needs 4-5 years of cellaring; it will keep for two decades.
Since the winery’s first commercial release in 1987, Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards have been producing world class wines. With a primary focus on high-end Cabernet Sauvignon, the 40-acre estate produces their wines in smaller quantities, making them difficult to obtain. Owner Todd Anderson centers most of his attention on perfecting their flagship wine, a Bordeaux-style blend that pays homage to the attractive wines of Pomerol and Saint-Emilion of the Right Bank, while also giving devoted time to special releases that have often been made from less-common varietals such as Petite Syrah. Anderson’s Conn Valley wines are quintessential examples of thoughtful winemaking techniques used to create complex and opulent characteristics in every bottle.
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