Recognizing the best wines
Which are the best wines is a matter of personal taste, but there are certain rules most people agree on. The best wines are complex and intense, with a variety of aromas and flavors. The flavors of the best wines are well balanced, so that no one overwhelms the others. The flavor lingers in the finish as long as possible, new notes surfacing as the old notes fade.
Best wines from a vineyard near St. Helena
Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards in Napa Valley, a 10-minute drive from downtown St. Helena, holds tastings in its barrel caves. Cave tastings are $65, but one tasting fee can be waived by joining their wine club or making a $100 purchase. The Wine Advocate praises their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon for its “terrific purity, plenty of depth and ripeness, and a full-bodied mouthfeel” and describes the 2010 Cab as “an elegant, finesse-styled effort to enjoy over the next decade.” The 2010 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is an intense dark purple and red wine with an aroma and palate of blackberry, blueberry, rosehips, licorice, anise, tobacco and smoke, all perfectly balanced and aged in French oak. The 2012 Estate Reserve Cab is similar in color, with an aroma of cloves, mocha, licorice and the ripest red raspberries. Its mouthfeel is silky and polished, flavored with dark red fruit, spices, new leather and licorice, with notes of white pepper and orange peel in the finish. Join the wine club and order a Cab today.