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 Vintage1990 Label 1 of 33 
ProducerAnderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
DesignationEstate Reserve
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1997 and 2010 (based on 4 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 89.5 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 15 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by odds on 3/12/2015: I must have had a truly good bottle, or a palate of a yak ;-) but, I opened one, PnP, and it was so enjoyable. Yes, the finish is shorter than other ACV's I had before, but I would not say its past prime.

Back to the beginning: I read the notes on '90 ACV and decided the only was to assert the condition of the bottles is to open one. Cork- almost perfect condition (maybe among the best I saw for 20+ years CA cabs). Still has some of the fruit and 'signature line' of ACV. The finish is shorter than the '06 and so is the palate, but I would not say it goes 'down'. It certainly though is not as impressive as the '93 (per the notes, I have one in the cellar that I'd need to open and compare). I enjoy the integration of the earthy tastes of the wine with the fruit. It is not a full nose as other ACV's but it certainly one that is still enjoyable. That said, some of the younger ACV's are more enjoyable (e.g. I had the '06 recently and we finished it in one night because it was so wonderful), and I saw other early 90's CA cabs holding better, but actually- not too many held better.
So- for collectors, there is still value in holding. For ppl who simply enjoy good wine, drink and enjoy. And share. I would give it score above the current CT avg (which is at the time the notes is written 89.5, I'd probably would have said 91-92, but I begin hating this 100 pts scale ranking system.) (235 views)
 Tasted by dkings on 2/6/2014 & rated 88 points: Past its prime and should be consumed now. Still an enjoyable wine but the fruit is all but gone. Wish I had a time machine because what was left hints of a fantastic wine in its prime. (1275 views)
 Tasted by JimN on 7/20/2012 & rated 90 points: A nice surprise from a friend from a Magnum. I think the Magnum made all the difference, as I had some 750s that were not drinking well five years ago. This was the dinner wine and it worked very well with the grilled steaks. Still some fruit left as well as some very interesting secondary notes: tobacco, old leather, lead pencil. A few others noted mint. (2847 views)
 Tasted by PSUSteve on 7/18/2012 & rated 90 points: From a magnum, decanted for a short period of time. Very mature but some fruit left. It was fairly one dimensional. (2558 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 11/5/2011 & rated 87 points: New World Dinner (Chez Hughes - Chicago IL): Tasted double blind. Soft fading plum on nose along with some interesting secondary aromas. Moderate plum and black cherry on palate. Fruit is pleasant but clearly on its last legs. (3738 views)
 Tasted by Javachip on 8/28/2010 & rated 88 points: Fill into neck, excellent capsule and cork. Decanted 10 minutes prior to tasting. Clear, youthful, vibrant dark garnet-violet. Mature bouquet of asphalt, plums, grilled meat, tobacco and leather. Seamless and velvety on the palate with smooth tannins. Very fine old Napa cab, heading gracefully downhill. (3863 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/21/2010 & rated 84 points: Drinks very basic. no fruit, what is there is baked. Tobacco on palate along with a bit of plum. Very thin in the mouth. Bottle was stored in perfect condition since purchase from winery. Very basic cab at this point. (3197 views)
 Tasted by vanpe003 on 4/18/2010 & rated 89 points: No detailed notes. A nice wine but leaves me wanting for a bit more. Medium bodied, with notable cedar and acidity. These both (the acidity in particular) seem to slightly overwhelm the fruit. Tannins are resolved. (2230 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/15/2010 & rated 88 points: bottle has held up well. smooth with subdued berry and earth flavors. (2319 views)
 Tasted by elamasters on 12/25/2008: Very nice and smooth. Nice developed cabernet aromas and flavors. (2545 views)
 Tasted by albrigsr on 6/21/2008 & rated 91 points: Great bottle that held up well over the past 18 years! Nice tannins and fruit. Wish I had another bottle. (2881 views)
 Tasted by no leashes on 4/5/2008 & rated 92 points: Delicious cab, drinking beautifully. Dark berry, mineral, earth flavors, bordeaux in style. Fine tannins, excellent structure. Down to my last bottle, wish I had more! (2644 views)
 Tasted by JimN on 12/23/2007 flawed bottle: I gave a bottle away as a gift for Christmas, and I sure hope it is better than what I poured. Hint of TCA on the nose, not so much in the glass. Just a flat, tired bottle, maybe slightly off as well. (2995 views)
 Tasted by JoshuaG on 5/19/2007 & rated 94 points: Very nice mature cabernet. Fruit and tannins are fully integrated and drinking very nicely. Wish I could find more of this wine at $35.00. (2863 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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