CONN CREEK 2014 Anthology Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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90 points James Suckling - "Aromas of currants and stones follow through to a medium body, soft and silky tannins and a fruity finish. Drink and enjoy." (May 2017)
Conn Creek is a boutique winery on the Silverado Trail in the Rutherford district. For nearly 40 years, the winery has focused on Cabernet Sauvignon. Their flagship wine – Anthology – is named for a Greek word that refers to a collection of literary or artistic works and it aptly describes their approach to crafting this wine. The winery sources fruit from a collection of Napa Valley’s finest vineyards and diverse AVAs for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. The AVAs are like a gourmet pantry of spices: each one contributes distinct characteristics to the blend, resulting in a wine of generous flavors with layers of depth and complexity.
Tasting notes: “Mixed red and black fruits with toasted baking spices and light floral accents. The blend of fruits carry into the palate and add notes of anise and cardamom.” — Mike McGrath, Winemaker
Vineyards & vintage: 2014 was the earliest vintage in many years. Spring arrived early and kick-started vine growth resulting in an advanced harvest timetable. Moderate to warm temperatures throughout the growing season encouraged steady, even ripening and permitted picking at the peak of flavor development.
Cabernet Sauvignon forms the backbone of the blend in 2014 and shows its typical structure and length. Cabernet Franc is the next largest component and adds aromatic grace and floral notes. Malbec contributes a sense of juiciness with extra depth of color from Petit Verdot.
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 88%, Cabernet Franc 9%, Malbec 2.5%, Petite Verdot 0.5%
Food pairing: ■ Rack of lamb with spring potatoes ■ Braised short ribs and herb spaetzle ■ Mushroom and wild rice pilaf