Estate Cabernet and the winemaking art

An Estate Cab

Estate Cabernet in St. Helena, CA

What is an estate wine? It’s a wine produced and sold where the grapes are grown. So the winemaker has great control over the process, and the perfect opportunity to display the full extent of his or her skill. Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards makes its Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from a blend of Cab grapes grown only on the estate. Here’s a look at this history of this wine.

2007 was a dry year that a very cold early spring and a relatively cool summer. The result was a dark ruby red wine with an aroma of sweet black fruit.

2008 began with severe storms and ended with a hot spell in early September. The Cab this year was dark purple, with a layered mouthfeel and lingering finish.

2009 was a perfect year for winemaking. The resulting dense purple Cab has a strong cassis aroma with perfumed flowers and concentrated minerals. In the flavor, dark and bright red fruits are tightly woven with earth elements.

2010 began cool, but bright sun and heat later meant that vines needed to be allowed to develop a good canopy to protect the grapes. Fortunately, the vineyard cooled as the grapes were ripening, keeping the process slow and even.

Since then, the Conn Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has continued its tradition of quality.

A vineyard and winery near St. Helena

Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards in Napa Valley, a 10-minute drive from downtown St. Helena, has its own wine club. Join today.

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