So what happens when the fastest growing wine consuming nation in the world goes through one of largest economic slow-downs of our time? All the high end wine producers come up with Second and even Third labels to keep from getting backed up on juice.
It seems as though the producers, with just cause, are scramblimg to understand the ramifications of a 14k Dow Jones turned 8k in just 6 short months, will have on their inventory. Even the no-brainer producers, regardless of price are making sure cash flow remains healthy. With that said, the wonderful folks at Anderson's Conn Valley Estate, whose wines receive ratings that reflect what could be the best of our Ratings to Price ratio, have delivered us Prologue. A 100% cab that has knocked my socks off!
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Prologue Cabernet 2007 , Napa Valley
NOSE: deep with layers of mocha over sour cherry, creamy currant, all spice and hints of dark berry extract. Combine the above with mineral and gravel driveway components, a touch of smoke and a layer of sage and you have a stunning medley of delicious Cab aromas.
PALATE: sumptuously textured, with a light grip, the fruit is gracefully outlined by acidity and velvety tannins. This wine reveals wonderful length on the palate, while being medium full bodied, this is a what great Cab is about.
PRICE: $19 by the case
SCORE: 92 pts
This wine marries together the cornerstone flavors of Napa (deep, ripe currant) with the pillars of great Pauillac (mineral/gravel underpinnings) to make a wine that is excellent with aeration, however shows tremendous short to mid-term cellaring. IMO, pick up the case, open your first bottle during the Holidays of 2009 and continue to watch it evolve for 2-3 years. Happy drinking!