Right Bank and other Napa wines
“Right Bank” actually refers to a location in France, on the right bank of the Dordogne. This is a region of clay soil that gets less wind from the sea than other parts of Bordeaux. The wines grown here are red wines, usually based on Merlot or Cabernet Franc. This style of wine is also called “Red Libourne.” Right Bank red wines in America are grown in place with analogous terroir, from similar stock.
Despite this, Right Bank is one of the many varieties of wine that Napa Valley is famous for. Many vineyards also have their own distinct blends, such as Anderson Conn Valley Vineyard’s “Eloge.” Joining a wine club is a great way to try Napa Valley wines, especially those that offer wines you haven’t heard of before. If you find something new, you can impress your friends the next time they visit.
Great Napa Valley wines from a St. Helena winery
Some of the best California wines come from Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards in Napa Valley, a 10-minute drive from downtown St. Helena. The grapes grown here are closest to mountain grapes. At the vineyard, you’ll have the chance to meet the owners and wine-makers and taste excellent wine stored in a cave, and to sample such wines as the 2009 Right Bank. Ruby red with purple at the edge, this wine has a black currant aroma with notes of espresso, cedar and black pepper. With its rounded tannins and taste of black fruit and chocolate, this is a wine to cherish.