Decanted for 3 hrs, this wine was amazing. A lot of sediment in bottle, the most amazing nose (prob the best part, you just want to continue to nose the wine before drinking it). Dark fruits, plum, cherry, and oak were what I really tasted but a perfect synergy. Everything was ready to go. 2006 is great year and this wine will be one of my go to's for sure. Doesn't get much better. Will pay $80 for it- winebid
Big Bottle Night, we drank in order: 2009 Chateau Potensac (3L), 2012 Sebastiani Gravel Bed Red (1.5L), 2006 Anderson's Conn Valley Eloge (1.5L) and the 2003 Chateau Meyney (1.5L). All the wines, except the Meyney where at least partially decanted, with the Potensac being entirely decanted. We started drinking the first wine 15 minutes after opening, but since it was the double magnum, we also had that one again, at the end of the rotation.
This was my WOTN, as it was for most of our 16 person group. A beautifully balanced wine. It went really well with the Lamb burger that I had for dinner.
Taken to a friends house to drink over dinner. No formal TN. Beautiful Cab blend, with spicy and peppery notes and voluptuous, tense tannins that were just opening up after 9 yrs of bottle age. This wine was delicious, and drinking well through 2022+. Very nice.
Too many wines for a Wednesday (Kevin's house): A little funky. Quite flavorful. Black pepper. I would have guessed Bordeaux. Tons of complexity. Tied for my wine of the night, but I gave it #2 because it was Kevin's bottle, and he always wins.
A Big Wine Wednesday Afternoon (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Very dark red color. Decanted for 40 minutes, drank 2 glasses over an hour plus. Wow, this is in a great place. Probably ready on a PNP, but even better with just a bit of air. Amazing nose of earth adn glorious fruit, cassis, blue fruit, pencil lead, dried herbs, and a hint of tar. The palate displays levels of intensity, acid and fruit that resonate, fantastic tart dark berries, cassis, sweet fruit overtones, spice, round and impeccably balanced. the tannins are integrated and suave, and the finish is long and provocative. Fantastic, elegant and so enjoyable, perfect now, but will hold for 10 years. 94+pts. My and group WOTN.
Hanging out at Kevin's (Rocknroller): Nose: Floral black fruits with pencil lead, subtle road tar and cassis. Palate: Soft tannins with subtle spices, black fruits and a lengthy finish. Really solid and narrowly my favorite of the tasting just over the CdP.
Not much nose but very ripe, sweet, concentrated dark cherry & cassis along with earth and spice on the palate. Full bodied with a big, firm structure, but also a very, very smooth, lush texture. Long satisfying finish. Very bordeaux-like but with California richness and ripeness.
After last bottle last month, decided to go with a good decant. After an hour, we had black cherry, earth, herbs. Smooth, full bodied, good finish. Strongly recommend at least 2 hour decant with this. Still young.
Popped and poured. Great nose of black cherry, currant, cedar cigar box, some earthy, slightly mushroomy and herbal notes. Really aromatic wine. Similar flavors on the palate with smooth and silky dark red fruit flavors joined by some more earthy, spicy and rustic flavors. Medium acid and tannins with a long finish. This could pass for a high end bordeaux. Drinking great right now. Will likely consume my second bottle within a year.
This Bordeaux blend is just hitting its stride, and would benefit from 2 or 3 more years in your cellar. It needed two hours to open up. With flavors of Blackberries, Black Cherries, Current and a hint of rocky soil and graphite, this is a good food wine.
Delicious wine. Closed upon opening but took 30-60 mins to open. Developed beautifully. Full and rich but not overdone. No heat. Touch herbal which was nice. Appearance was more evolved than in mouth. Plenty of time left.
Very nice red fruit/currants on the nose at P&P, which only improved over 2 hours. Palate was velvety, soft tannins, and a medium/long finish. At the end of the bottle, I felt it was a 93. Very nice & may well improve over a few more years.
Dark garnet turning ruby at the rim with a deep, effervescent nose of red and dark berries, cedar and smoke. The palate is dense, plush and layered with an iron fist-like structure that's masked by a velvet glove-like texture. Flavors of currant, plum, cherry, licorice form the inner core with a tinge of cranberry, toasted caramel, espresso, and dark chocolate line the outer rim. Superbly decadent, well-balanced, harmonious and cleanly delineated. Finishes long and lifted with a butter-like sheath on finely-grained tannin. Drink now until 2026. 95+
Decanted 15 min and began drinking. Black cherry, truffle, herbs. Smooth with a tannin back bone that was obvious but not unpleasant. Drank over 1 hour and it was fairly consistent but never reached Parker's score . Might do better with a longer decant.
Double decanted and re-opened about an hour later. This continued to evolve and expand in the glass for the next few hours. The cab franc shows through with hints of herbal/green (not in a bad way) Tannins were not obtrusive, but certainly made themselves known, such that I'm inclined to give the remaining bottles a bit more time to see what develops 92-93
Really drinking well right now. Very pure red fruit, current nose followed with a really smooth palate with almost no tannin and great fruit. I think I will drink my remaining bottles in the next five years but no rush at all.
Needs more than an hour decant. But really needs at least another year in the cellar. Tannins are solid, strong and still need time to resolve. Dark fruits, vivid earthiness, smoke, leather. Delicious, but again, needs more time.
violet/inky appearance...dusty forest floor, faint licorice and very expressive black fruits on the nose with a hint of heat...black cherry, plums dominate a spicy and complex mid-palate that is decidedly a meld of old and new world styles...strong backbone holds silky tannins, acidity and alcohol in balance...still young and built to age...solid QPR and potential for improvement
Exceptional wine. Initial nose straight from bottle was hot, with mostly bright red fruits. Quick pass through a Vinturi mellowed the heat and brought forth more earthy, leathery tones. Allowed to sit in decanter for about an hour before rebottling and taking to a dinner at a friend's house. With beef tenderloin and some more air, this became considerably more complex and interesting, with dark fruit and earthy elements very much in evidence. Glad I have one more.
I hate to be in the minority, but was not really impressed with this. Maybe it's the merlot (which we are not fans of), but not terribly fruity or alive. Just sort of bland - not great for an $80 bottle of wine. Hope the next Anderson's will be better!!
Short decant, and tasting younger and more forward than I expected, which hid some of the nuanace I expect from a Conn Valley Eloge. Decided new world, with 14.7% abv. Better on day 2, I would hold off opening a bottle for a couple of years, or give it a minimum 3 hour decant.
Wonderful showing and the best 06 I have tasted to date. Rose petals, blueberries, blackberries, cedar, minerals and raspberries. Bordeaux like wine with plenty of aging potential. Medium to long finish and impressive showing. Decanted 3 hours. 93 to 95.
"Cab's at Jan's" -- Very big full bodied bold wine. Decanted 2 1/2 hrs with 1 venturie... Initial impression was alcoho and oakl on the nose with a slightly bitter/vegie aftertaste; but this dissipated after five minutes or so. The palate exhibits loads of mixed blue/black fruits...and the taste goes on and on. Of the three Eloges tonight, my preference was the 04. Will the 06 surpass it in time ??
Napa Cabs/Bordeaux Blends with 2002 Insignia and Vertical of Anderson's Conn Valley Eloge (Jan's Place, St. Paul, MN): Very dark red/purple collor. Vinturi and decanted 2.5hrs. Drank one glass over 1.5hrs. 65%CS, 25%M, 7%PV, 3%M. This had the best nose of the night and the best nose of the Eloge vertical. Perfumed, floral, blueberries galore, earthy, creme de cassis, spice. The palate translates beautifully with gorgeous blue and black fruits, earth, graphite, licorice, spice. Wonderful creamy texture, round tannins, powerful with finesse and an intense long finish. This was really impressive and still very youthful. The Anderson's Conn Valley wines are some of the best wines and values in Napa.This was my #2 WOTN.
The wine looks Crimson colored. It smells like Prune, Fig, and Plum. It tastes like Black currant (cassis), Blackberry, Oak, and Black Pepper. The body is Full. The wine has Polished texture. The wine finishes Medium.
From memory - popped and poured, consumed over 2 hours. Nose: Medium expressiveness, blue and black fruit. Palate: Heavey sediment here, medium bodied, nicely integrated tannins, dark fruit, tobacco and earth. Finish: Medium plus length dominated by earthy dark fruit.
Very modern style Bordeaux blend, delicate fine-grained and sweet tannins, much of ripe fruits, Rich on the palate, plums, figs, cassis, some licorice intermixed with a Touch of vanilla, nutmeg and juniper berry. Mouthfilling, silky texture, highly extracted, good acidity, balanced, with a good length. Now perfect to drink.
Can't keep my hands off this wine. Too bad. It's my last bottle. Dark, opaque garnet with purple tint. Nose of smoke, blackberry, graphite, mint, and vanilla. Ripe, full palate bursting with blackberry, fig, plum, cassis, leather, licorice, and espresso. Superb length. Focused acidity. Silky texture. Sweet tannins. Lots of "wow factor".
Decanted for an hour and funneled back into the bottle. Pleasing balance of fruit, soft tannins, and finish. Quite enjoyable. Last one in the cellar. In retrospect, the experience with the eight bottles differed over time. Ones consumed early were quite good and approachable. Then, the wine seemed to shut down for a while and was lacking in character. Only recently, did it appear to revive. It ended up being quite good. QPR is marginal, however.
Getting better with age. Now easy to drink right after aerating and full of oak earth flavors. Deep dark color and really ready. Will probably get better with another year or two, but with 17 bottles to go--why wait????
Haven't opened a bottle in a year. Dark, opaque garnet. Nose of leather, earth, smoke, cassis, and vanilla. Ripe, mouthfilling palate of blackberry, licorice, and smoked meat. Excellent length. Pleasant, mild acidity. Sweet tannins. Outstanding!
We popped this - let it sit for about 30 minutes. Wow - ready to go now, but has backbone if you want it to resolve more. Plenty of fruit and subtle tannins. My wine group loved this wine. Have three more and will space them over time. Maybe open the next one in a couple of years.
Just simply terrific! A bit tight on opening but later reveals a nose of cassis, tobacco (lots of it), oak and earth. Same flavors on the palate with very ripe, sweet, concentrated fruit and a kick of spice and acidity. Big and with lots of structure, but also very, very smooth with a long finish. Flavors and textures like what I would expect from a young, very ripe, fruit-forward, right-bank bordeaux. This wine is dominated by all the rich, ripe fruit, but is not at all overdone. Delicious and will probably improve over the next few years.
Decanted for two hours and funneled back into bottle. Much better; maybe it's emerging and finally coming around, or maybe it was just the decant. A hint of what further aging might yield. While quite good, I wonder if this wine is overpriced.
Cabernet Hedonism (Rob & Bev's place): Decanted 3+ hours prior to tasting. This wine looks black as night. It does not appear to lighten at the edge. The nose offers up aromas of green pepper and mocha, followed by rich cassis fruit. Obviously too young to really be hitting it's stride, but there's alot in here trying to get out. In the mouth, very tightly knit wine, with chocolate giving way to bright cherry fruit. Lovely balance, with a hint of mint, leading into a long and supple finish. A beautiful mouthfeel to this wine that is worth mentioning. 93 pts.
Tasted again 2 days later from this partially consumed bottle. 65% Cab Sauv, 25% Cab Franc, 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. 90% new French oak. Now I see that the greenness on the nose was from all that Cab Franc! Some spice, wet stones, and meaty scents lead into the cassis fruit profile. I have always felt that the CVV wines had some of the most amazing velvety mouthfeel of any wines in California, and this Eloge is no slouch in that department. Notes of leather, cassis, black currant, and herbaceous green pepper, lead the way, parting into a finish that is near-perfect, with thick and chewy youthful tannins that are brilliantly reined in and balanced by the acidity and fruit (this Spiderman wine understands that with great power comes great responsibility). A very slight hotness on the palate keeps me from going up two more points, but I'm gonna need to eek this wine up another point after letting it come into it's own over a few days. 94 pts.
Popped and decanted for 4 hours. Medium-plus dark garnet. A perfumed nose of black fruits, currant, tobacco leaf, earth, dried mushrooms, and hints of smoke. Medium-plus body. As if the nose wasn't enough, the flavors on the palate are truly evocative of Bordeaux, with fruit much more refrained from the excellent core of earth, cedar, cigar box, and other notes one would more commonly associate with Bordeaux. But that's not to say it lacks fruit; indeed, it possesses a solid core of blackberry and black currant. However, in comparison to many other Cabernet blends from Napa, this shows a degrees of finesse and integration that is almost uncommon nowadays. The tannins are chewy and slightly astringent on the moderate-plus close. While nice to check in on now, this promising wine is full of potential and will only improve with further cellaring.
Quick commentary: I wouldn't recommend purchasing this one if you're a fan of exuberant Napa fruit. That said, this is a delightful wine and should be sought after by anyone who appreciates Right Bank Bordeaux...it might even fool in a blind setting.
First, I think it's still a bit young and definitely benefits from some decanting time. I'll shoot for at least 2 hours my next go 'round with this wine. Once it does get some air though it really starts to come through. Loads of spice with a hint of black cherry and maybe a tad of licorice. Medium bodied with plenty of tannins. The tannins do mellow with some air time which is was much more to my liking.
Shy tight nose, currants, slightly spicy. Deep opulent palate, currants, plums, hint of spice and cedar. Denali packed and tight in this pop and pour. Lengthy finish, fruit filled with purple fruits. Quite nice and balanced, but needs time.
Drank at our Judgment of Ballston blind tasting of 12 Left-bank style reds from the US and France. This was tied for fourth (with the 2007 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars SLV) in the overall group rankings. I also had it tied for fourth with the Stag's Leap, the 2007 Linden Hardscrabble, and the 2007 Boxwood (Boxwood).
This wine performed a little below expectations, but was still one of the better wines tasted. I found it to be a bit too tannic on the finish.
Hold onto the rest for a bit. this wasn't particularly impressive given the price. still very good and got better after a 2 hr decant. drank alongside a similar wine that was half the price and was only a touch better.
Decanted for 30 minutes. The cab franc adds a nice component to this, making it a "pretty" wine, more delicate and floral than the ACV Reserve. On the nose, dark fruits, florals and a bit of sweet spice others have described as licorice. Palate is medium heavy, with a bit of cassis added to the flavors that carry over from the nose. Fine tannins with a relatively mild bite. Really comes together the longer it's in the glass, gaining some overall weight. I think this will be even better in 4-5 years, but don't get the sense that it's a long-term ager.
Purchased a few days prior direct from the winery; brought along with us to (bbq night!) at ad-hoc. Youthful appearance, with a relatively expressive bouquet for such a young California cabernet-based wine (perhaps we can thank the cab franc) with notes of spicy dark fruits, fennel, and earth. Medium to full bodied, with a lush texture, good concentration of flavor, with a generous and round finish. I can see this as being quite a crowd pleaser!
This is a special wine. Showing a somewhat subdued nose, it did not explode and show capturing aromas on the opening or even later in the glass, but the opaque purple color and tartrates signalled there was much more to come. Superb fruits followed with excellent acidity and medium to full body (it gained more weight with more air time). Nicely integrated, smooth tannins made for a luxurious roundness and silky mouthfeel and a long, tantilizing finish.
A beautiful wine ready to drink and enjoy right now, this one has everything it needs to get even better over the years. My plan is to restrain myself to one per year and watch it as it matures, and I fully expect the journey to be a highly rewarding one.
It can be difficult to find QPR in a $70 wine but this one makes it. You really can't ask for much more in a wine unless (for me) you go up to some significantly more expensive 100% Cab stunners by Shafer, Araujo, Buccella or Hobbs.
Outstanding wine. Nose: dark cherry, currant and thyme, with elegant violet and deep chocolate notes. Layers of secondary aromas. On the palate, some serious tannins. Full bodied, full tannins. Great acidity. Superb balance. Could use at least 3-5 years, but is very elegant now. 30 second plus finish. A truly impressive wine.
Enjoyable, interesting blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and petit verdot. Elegant but restrained fruit. Medium bodied. Great food wine. Popped and poured. Drinking well, but slightly young. Shows potential.
A classic left bank wine, with very nice plum, cherry, vanilla and leather flavors. The tannins were a little firm so it needs some age or a few hours in the decanter. I thought this was my favorite wine until we tried the 2007.
Very serious, concentrated stuff. Decanted for an hour and then poured through a Respirer. Captivating aromatics of berries, lush florals, licorice, and a hint of oakey vanilla. Opaque, dark, and brooding. Completely coats the mouth with a velvet feel lush with dark fruits, currants, and cassis. Fine, integrated tannins help make it a long finish. Has the potential to become a 96+ with time, but is drinking great now.
Used a Vinturi but still improved with another half hour decanting. Beautiful nose of plum, dark fruits, currant and earth. Tight, tasty tannics. Balanced, full-bodied and very drinkable right now. On the palate, rich, velvety, spicy. Long finish of dark fruits. the next bottle will be opened more than a year from now.
Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose started with a hint of barnyard leading into aromas of black cherries and plums. Flavors of black cherries and plums with a hint of bitters on the medium finish. Medium to bright acidity, firm tannins, medium to full bodied. Hold or plan on a decant.
Blind Tasting (Farpointe Cellar): The nose had plum, licorice, earth, and spice. It finished with cherry. The palate was rich with dark fruit, but also had spice, licorice, and spice. The tannins were very firm, but tasty.
50+5+13+17+9 Very reticent nose at first, but it opened after a few hours in the decanter. The deep inky color and nose of fall leaves and spices only began to reveal what was in the glass. The mouthfeel was velvety and rich. Flavors of baking spices, black currant, and a hint of mint swirled through my mouth, evolving continuously. A gorgeous finish of more baking spice and blackberry pie. This wine was still young--very young, although the tannins weren't harsh. It's got a huge backbone with plenty of room to continue to evolve. I won't open another of my bottles for at least a few years, and I expect that this wine will hit it's peak in 10-15. 94+