2009 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve Napa Valley

2009 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve Napa Valley

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Expert Ratings and Reviews

96 Points Vinous Media

Customer Ratings

Based on 148 ratings
Beautiful juice

We tasted this along with an '09 DaNa "Lotus Vineyard" and it was a dead heat, some preferred the greater extraction of the DaNa and others (me) preferring the better balance of the ACVV. Both wines were fantastic. By the way, you can buy 5 bottles of the ACVV for each one of the DaNa "Lotus".

Wish this could be my everyday wine

Celebrated a Wednesday with this bottle. Smooth, integrated black fruit, tannins sweet and tingling, nose is alluring and finish is long and luxurious.


I equate ACVV to an Eastwood or Redford movie, you dont have to know what its about or solicite a review you just go see it knowing it will not dissapoint. The '09 Estate Reserve is in the same class. No yet reached its potential (if a must now decant for a day) so lay it down for 3-5 years and you will have a delicious rich, dark fruit, cassis driven beauty with perfect balance of tannis.Thank you Todd and Ronnie Anderson for true consistancy year in and year out.

Abundance examplified

Somehow I frequently find my own impressions of wines at variance with the reviews of the accepted sages at the Robert Parker's online publication. Not this time. This 2009 Anderson's Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve is chock-full of goodies. Fruit, herbs abound. Tannins remain in the background just to carry the bag and out of the way. I would even go as far as to claim this is a notch above the 2008 Eloge from the same enologist.

Always one of my favorites and this vintage did not dissapoint


Nearly perfect as a US benchmark Cab iin being distinct and just ever so short in being explosive

Incredible value!

This wine is perfect for my palate and my wallet. A great wine and an incredible value!

Napa Valley 2009

The 2009 vintage in California had a mix of weather conditions that kept growers busy all year long, but in the end resulted in an average-sized crop of very good wines. Ripe, rich, and full, rounder and more supple in their tannins than the 2008 and a notch under 2007 — but the best are excellent.

A slow start to the year was mitigated by good conditions through the summer; a couple of hot spells in August and September allowed the grapes to catch up.

The harvest started just ahead of normal, and things looked great until the 13th of October, when almost 4 inches of rain fell in a day. Fortunately, the rain was predicted well in advance, and many growers accelerated picking and were able to bring in much of the crop before the rain, especially Pinot Noir and other earlier-ripening grapes. The weather after the rain would be critical, as the risk of rot and dilution of flavors became a major concern for grapes not brought in before the rain. In most regions the weather improved and dried up the vineyards, extending hang-time into late October, and the majority of growers reported post-rain fruit coming in healthy and in good shape.

Key Dates

More than 13 inches of rain falls, enough to replenish depleted aquifers but not to undo the larger effects of the ongoing drought

Bud break during mid-month

Flowering during mid-month

Harvest for Sauvignon Blanc begins during first week, Merlot and Chardonnay during third week, Cabernet at month’s end

Harvest winds down towards month’s end; a total of 5.5 inches of rain falls throughout

Veraison early in the month

Almost 4 inches of rain falls; many accelerated harvest to get fruit in before the rain. Harvest pauses to wait for grapes to rebalance and dry out

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