2010 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Napa Valley
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RP 94 points
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Anderson's Conn Valley Parker's 94pt "Cheval Blanc Look-Alike"

Eighteen months ago, we began polling the top names in Napa Valley as to the quality of the soon-to-be-released 2010s. Don Weaver, the longtime director at Harlan Estate, was ecstatic, citing not only the richness of the vintage, but the freshness and age-worthy length of Napa's most iconic bottle. Paul Roberts, the former wine director at Thomas Keller's French Laundry and Per Se argued that, in the best cellars, the vintage was monumental.

And so it continued. Up at Vineyard 7 & 8, Luc Morlet's 2010 outdistanced the powerhouse 2009. At Chappellet, winemaker Phil Titus suggested that 2010 was a one-of-a-kind vintage on Pritchard Hill, one in which "sugars were high, tannins soft, while acids remained unusually vibrant."

On December 27th, 2012, The Wine Advocate landed where the winemakers already had. Parker's publication called the 2010 "epic," doling out ten perfect 100-point scores. Ten months later, as if to simply pour more fuel on the fire, Wine Spectator's October 2013 cover story featured New York Mets Hall of Famer Tom Seaver holding a glass of his 2010 "GTS", and a headline that read "2010 California Cabernet: A CLASSIC Vintage for the Cellar."

On the rock-strewn hillsides high above St. Helena, where the Conn Creek flows off of Howell Mountain, Anderson's Conn Valley had a field day, crafting a brilliant lineup of stunning 2010s. If Todd Anderson's Cabernet Sauvignon Estate was the powerhouse, it would be the tiny production of luscious Right Bank that would rank among the top bargains of the year in Napa Valley.

The 2010 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Napa Valley — a blend Robert Parker has referred to as a "Cheval Blanc look-alike" — is an absolute knockout. Glistening dark purple to the rim, infused with high-toned voluptuous aromas of blackberry and violets, this is one of Anderson's most powerfully structured Right Banks in the last 20 years.

The 2010 Right Bank took The Wine Advocate by storm, earning a rave 94-point review — finishing right alongside of Lokoya Howell Mountain ($350), Hundred Acre ($350), Caymus Special Selection ($225), and Scarecrow ($520).



Tasting Notes

2010 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Napa Valley
"Freshly cut flowers, violets, leather and spices jump from the 2010 Proprietary Red Right Bank. There is an element of freshness and vibrancy in the 2010 that is highly appealing. Today, the 2010 is a bit compact, but I expect it will flesh out over time. Hints of leather, licorice, menthol and tar add complexity on the close. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2020."
94 points -- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

 

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