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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 64 
ProducerAnderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
DesignationEstate Reserve
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2020 (based on 19 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Anderson`s Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.8 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 91 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by WineGuyFL on 10/7/2014 & rated 93 points: I really have two ratings for this wine: 91 for the first night and 93 for the second night. Originally decanted it for pushing 2 hours. Not heavy on the tannins on the first night, but they are there. Deep and dark. A great food wine. Even though this wine should be long lived, it is great now as long as it has a long decant. (977 views)
 Tasted by tubeman on 9/3/2014 & rated 92 points: Very nice. Still evolving..... (1001 views)
 Tasted by NineteenEightyTwo on 4/11/2014 & rated 91 points: Medium crimson color. Nose is a mix of smoky and woodsy notes, with a faint hint of berries. The palate is dominated by flavors of ash and slate, again with the fruit being quite subtle. The palate is smooth and the tannins have softened and integrated. This is made in an elegant and linear style. Tasted blind, I would not have guessed California, or even New World. Rather, this seems like a properly-aged old style Rioja, or one of the more accessible wines from St. Emilion. It is unlikely to improve much, but is drinking gracefully right now. (1495 views)
 Tasted by zsherburne on 12/25/2013 & rated 91 points: Enjoyed with dinner last night over a couple of hours, did not decant. Lovely bottle of wine; round, red fruit, well structured with nicely integrated tannins.

Beautiful dark red color, and a nice nose of red berry and cedar. I did not get the strong tannins that some others have experienced - but instead perceived medium, well integrated tannins, with no astringency at all. Medium body and finish. Nicely balanced wine which paired nicely with our steak dinner. (1716 views)
 Tasted by joshabramson on 10/7/2013 & rated 92 points: This was a little rough right out of the bottle, but improved quite a bit after 45 minutes in the glass. Nice big cab with a fair amount of structure left, I'd guess this will still improve a bit over the next 2-3 years. Style is a bit old world, definitely not a napa fruit bomb. (2002 views)
 Tasted by Jgallup on 9/7/2013 & rated 90 points: Lots of oak fruit and firm tannins. Solid, robust wine excellent with steak, though may be too powerful for some tastes. (1369 views)
 Tasted by winopops3 on 4/6/2013 & rated 93 points: Still fairly young appearing. Beautiful fruit with secondary flavors of cigar, and hint of mint and mineral. Medium to long finish. An excellent wine for the vintage. Would give a short term decant as this got better with some air. (1693 views)
 Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 3/6/2013 & rated 92 points: Purchased upon release and cellared in pristine fashion, this Napa Valley stalwart is holding up well. The robe is deep ruby/red and the nose shows dense plum, kirsch, tar and floral aromas. The full-bodied, round palate has medium sweet tannins and the alcohol (listed as 13.8%) is seamless. The flavors are ripe and dense, with a frame of black fruit and supporting cast of ganache and spice. The middle palate is solid and the smooth finish is medium-to-long. While this wine does not have the structure of its better-vintage brethren, it is still very impressive. Drink now-12/23. (1772 views)
 Tasted by Coachron13 on 2/16/2013 & rated 94 points: One hour decant in bottle. Very smooth cab, was great right when opened and got better as the evening progressed. Great pairing with tomato based pasta dish. Plenty of life left, wish I had more. (1596 views)
 Tasted by MattB72 on 2/9/2013 & rated 93 points: Drinking great right now. All the flavors are well integrated. I would say it has another 5 yrs or so. (1380 views)
 Tasted by rhfactor on 2/7/2013 & rated 92 points: Really nice cab. I doubt this 03 is going to get any better. Drink up. (1394 views)
 Tasted by rickspicks on 1/1/2013 & rated 94 points: Big nose of cassis, oak, spice and earth with a touch of tobacco and leather - reminds me of a Pauillac, but without the barnyard. . Big and very powerful with gobs of luscious cassis fruit. Plenty of structure to handle all the fruit with good acidity and some unresolved, slightly rough tannins. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and a medium plus finish. A very powerful version of a classic Napa cab. Still young, a bit rough and not yet seamless. I think this has a lot of upside and is going to improve over the next few years and last for another 15-20. (1234 views)
 Tasted by Tarpon222 on 12/1/2012 & rated 92 points: Elegant and smooth but with a backbone. Some flower on the nose. Blueberries. Nice finish (1101 views)
 Tasted by Backdoctor on 7/27/2012 & rated 93 points: This was better than I anticipated. Decanted as the cork broke in half. Great fruit forward nose. Dark fruits, chocolate on the palate. Glad I have two more! (1606 views)
 Tasted by dstein12 on 4/28/2012 & rated 91 points: Well balanced and smooth, but not as good as the 2006. (1905 views)
 Tasted by vanpe003 on 4/27/2012 & rated 91 points: Pop/pour. Was concerned about the cork, which was dropped down about 7mm. Not so worried about the wine, but worried about my storage facility. But, in any event, the cork was unstained, and the wine was fine. On the nose, this surprisingly seems to be trending toward secondary, with some Cab sweat making an appearance. Really quite alluring against the fruit. On the palate, this is a big bottle of wine, but in a classic styling. Not "fruit bomb" big. More "classic Napa" big. Balanced out by the right amount of acidity for my palate. Medium length finish with some mild (not drying) tannins. The only wine of 4 opened tonight that held up to G's rosemary pork with truffle cream. The truffle cream add came late, but that notwithstanding, a '98 Burgundy - fail, 05 Selyem Rochioli - fail, '00 Cantemerle - fail. All decent wines, but none could hold up to the sauce. All of these "fails" were pleasant or better on their own. (1952 views)
 Tasted by Urodude on 4/14/2012 & rated 92 points: Drinking great. Well balanced cab (1785 views)
 Tasted by Merzbow on 2/11/2012 & rated 93 points: Well the previous bottle was clearly bogus in some way, since this is much more similar to the first bottle I had. In other words, exceptional. The oakish notes are receding and elegant red cherry and beautiful acidity are coming to the fore. Also, some tertiary influences are just beginning to appear. Going to wait a year before popping the next one I think. (2160 views)
 Tasted by 1800kidney on 8/30/2011 & rated 90 points: Enjoyed at PIckberry...deep color and full fruit forward, extracted and almost pruney...hmmmm (2517 views)
 Tasted by dmitchell4 on 7/11/2011 & rated 92 points: Opened beautifully in glass after an hour. Deep, dense cab fully integrated. (2578 views)
 Tasted by JOJ on 4/10/2011 & rated 88 points: Very reticent nose, with a whiff of currant, a touch of dill, a hint of cedar and some graphite. Palate also is restrained, with notes of raspberry, black cherry, smoke and bacon. Smooth drinking, but lacking any tannin or structure. (2939 views)
 Tasted by pdadams66 on 3/12/2011 & rated 92 points: At Oliveto's Whole Hog. Impressive. Great balance and richness. Not the typical Napa fruit bomb, instead very pure fruit. Great length. A sweetness to it that blends well with the fruit. Drinking well now but would last a while longer. (2954 views)
 Tasted by paulst on 1/19/2011 & rated 88 points: Decent but light blackberry; greenish abd unbalanced; needs time to develop. (3095 views)
 Tasted by jmd60611 on 12/20/2010 & rated 92 points: really yummy...rich and concentrated, delicious dark chaky, big fruit that is drinking really well right now (3407 views)
 Tasted by VCvino on 12/11/2010 & rated 95 points: I still love where this wine is right now. I believe it will continue to develop but with a decant for about an hour, this wine is fantastic right now. In fact, IMHO it is the best 2003 napa cab that I have tasted. This wine really shines in a very mixed vintage. (3426 views)
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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards

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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Winery is managed and operated by Todd Anderson and his wife, Ronene. Both of whom share an immense appreciation for fine wines and their creation. Todd's passion and expertise for producing world-class cabs and bordeaux-style blends, however, did not come overnight. Since 1984, when he began staking-out the vineyard's trellis system with his father, Gus Anderson, Todd has been involved with every phase of planting, growing, harvesting and crushing their estate grown grapes as well as vinification - the transformation of grapes into wine. The Anderson Winery staff also includes chief vintner, Mac Sawyer, who was recruited to spend a year in France mastering the fine art of wine making at the Superior School at Montpellier. He studied the Bordeaux, Provence and Alsation wine making styles and is the second American to ever attend this school. Mac's assistant, Cuko, continually tests and re-racks vintages so only the finest barrels of our wine are bottled. Traci, the office manager, keeps shipments moving and the office running like a Swiss watch. During the fall harvest, dozens of part-time laborers pick the grapes while Miguel and Cuko help Todd and Mac to crush the harvest and to process tons of grapes into juice.

BACKGROUND: Since 1983 Conn Valley Vineyards has been family owned and operated by the Anderson's, and since their first release in 1987, Conn Valley Vineyards has been dedicated to producing world class wines. The 40 acre Estate is located just south of Howell Mountain in Conn Valley. When you visit, they provide a personal and highly educational experience. Located just 3 miles or 10 minutes east of downtown Saint Helena, you'll feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of busy tasting rooms.

TODD ANDERSON: After graduating from University of Pacific in Stockton, CA with a degree in Geology Todd went to work for a small geophysical firm that was on the cutting edge of technology for seismic oil and gas exploration. Todd soon realized the corporate world was not for him. Although he loved the industry he was in, he continually had thoughts of the outdoors and getting back in touch with the soil. These thoughts, along with the mention from his parents of starting a “small vineyard”, are what led to the creation of Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards.

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