Five Reasons Why We Didn’t Wait for Robert Parker
When the GM at Anderson’s Conn Valley approached us, her intentions were clear. If WineAccess was willing to make a sizable commitment to the 2013 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon before Robert Parker’s review hit the web, our membership would be offered “pre-release” pricing.
We considered her proposal. For about a half a minute. Then we pounced.
These were the five reasons why:
1. We’ve been tasting the Anderson family’s Cabernet Sauvignons from barrel for over a decade and had visited their tasting room three times before they bottled the 2013. On each visit, we rated the 2013 Estate Reserve as highly as any wine ever to come off this St. Helena stronghold, arguably out-pointing the sensational 98-point 2008.
2. The winery has yet to set its final release price, waiting for Robert Parker to weigh in. Parker has already called 2013 “the greatest vintage in 37 years.”
3. Since the mid-1990s, from a marketing perspective, Parker has been a one-man wrecking crew for Anderson’s Conn Valley, publishing a bevy of 95+ point scores.
4. We knew that if the Wine Advocate review and rating followed suit with those of other Parker blue-chip 2013s, the release could blow the GM’s proposed price out of the water.
5. We love to gamble — particularly when we’re holding ALL THE CARDS!
We’ve offered the 2013 Estate Reserve twice now since our meeting with the GM. While we waited for The King, the WineAccess membership weighed in, rating the 2013 higher than any single Cabernet Sauvignon in HISTORY. With an average of 4.5 out 5 stars, the 2013 Estate Reserve is #1 on the scoreboard.
Much like the rest of us, the Andersons consider the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve to be the greatest vintage in the history of this blue-chip estate. Glistening opaque purple, infused with savory aromas of blackberry, mountain blueberry, mint, tobacco, and graphite. Massively concentrated, even more than the blockbuster 2012. Dense and tightly wound, featuring gobs of crushed-black-fruit preserves doused with crème de cassis. Finishing with the sensational backbone that so distinguishes the 2013 vintage, and arguing for 15-25 years of cellar slumber.
Unfortunately, after today, the jig is up. Robert Parker is set to review the 2013 in the upcoming issue of The Wine Advocate (#228), which means our $60 price tag will go up in smoke. It’s now or never for one of 2013’s greatest deals.