Conn Creek is a Napa-based winery founded in the 1970s that makes wines almost exclusively from Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux grapes. Today it produces dozens of wines, including many single-vineyard wines from all over Napa Valley (called the AVA series). We checked out four of these wines, plus the less expensive, blended “Napa Valley” offering.
2007 Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – A fruity, ready-to-go Cab, with plenty of cherry character, some olive notes on the finish, and a moderate body. Not complex, really, but quite easy-drinking and both food-friendly and ready for solo consumption. I wouldn’t hesitate to pop this open on a whim for just about any occasion at this price. A- / $25
2007 Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak Stagecoach Vineyard – Similar, fruity, quite jammy with distinct plum character. Surprisingly easygoing for mountain fruit. Hang around for the smoky tobacco finish. A- / $45
2007 Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Carneros Truchard Vineyard – Carneros isn’t known for Cabernet, but Conn Creek does a credible job with this one. A little pruny, erring toward the raisin side of things, but the lively fruit character saves the day. B+ / $45
2007 Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District – Again, this district normally produces thick, tannic wines, but Conn turns the dial down, with a lively and lush wine, both fruity and full. Some light chocolate notes play with big plum character. Arguably my favorite of the group. A / $45
2007 Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Collins Holystone Vineyard – Distinctly different than all of the above, it has more of a tart body to it, with a candy-like finish, almost like Jolly Ranchers. I’m torn on it: It’s extremely easygoing on its own, but too jammy for food. B+ / $45