2005 Conn Valley - Eloge 750ml

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2005 Conn Valley - Eloge
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Wine Advocate | 96

The 2005 Eloge, essentially the same blend as the 2004, is even better. A terrific wine that has put on significant weight since I tasted it last year. It now reveals gorgeous incense, cedar, black currant, and cherry notes intermixed with some spice box, new saddle leather, and smoky, gamey notes. Full-bodied, dense, chewy, but gorgeously elegant, complex, and altogether perfectly balanced, this is a fabulous effort and is already drinkable, but promises to evolve and last for at least another 15-20 years.

Drink Dates: 2007-2027
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Score: 93
Author: richie g
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 08/29/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2025
Gorgeous dark, almost opaque color. Nice nose of leather and earth. Deep rich palate with typical creme de cassis, oak and tobacco. I thought this was still a little primary in the fruit. Hopefully I can wait a few more years to try again with the hopes that it will become more integrated/balanced. If this showed more structure it could be 3-4 points higher. Should have decanted.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Score: 97
Author: Front Man
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/30/2012
I was VERY impressed with this wine. Although young and still having substantial tannins, they were smooth and did not detract from the wine. Soaring, complex aromatics of leather, soil, mushroom & cassis, this just kept impressing with every sip. This has the structure to go many more years. I would like to get more of this wine.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Score: 89
Author: Pierre T184
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/29/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2015
Alcoholic, cherry-violet nose. Strong violet, "Choward" gum taste with firm, almost harsh tannins, tends to feel overly green and unripe, short finish. Maybe more time in the bottle may help.

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About This Producer


Nestled deep in Conn Valley, east of St. Helena and the Meadowood Resort, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyard remains an impressive, if not sometimes forgotten, source of very complex and potentially age worthy wines in Napa Valley. The vineyard produces beautifully rich, blackcurrant-flavored wines that have demonstrated stunning purity of flavor and aging potential while portraying a union of flamboyant Californian ripeness and Bordelais elegance and nuance.

Todd Anderson and winemaker Mac Sawyer initially put themselves on the map with their long-lived, estate Cabernet, but have expanded their repertoire to include Bordeaux tributes "Right Bank Cuvee" and Robert Parker-favorite "Eloge," which he calls "a distinct effort of first-growth quality."

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