Conn Creek

Bordeaux-styled wines from renowned Napa Valley AVAs

Giving up a normal suburban life to plant a vineyard and build a winery is not a new story these days, but in 1972, when Bill and Cathy Collins founded Conn Creek, there were only a handful of established Napa Valley wineries, and the path to success was unclear. On the other hand, they quickly found company among other like-minded individuals drawn to this new dawn in American boutique winemaking. And, when  Robert Parker called an early effort – the 1974 Eisle Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – “one of the great classics of the seventies, as well as a testament to what heights California Cabernet Sauvignon can achieve," they knew they were on the right track and that Cabernet Sauvignon would be their main focus.   Today Conn Creek Winery remains committed to making wines that epitomize the unique terroir of Napa Valley. Anthology is the flagship wine, a blend of Bordeaux varietals sourced from several vineyards up and down the valley. Its nuanced elegance and depth underscores how blending is the winemaker’s true art, a way of combining unique sets of flavors and qualities, expressed by different varietals and grown under diverse conditions, into a new work of expression and inspiration. The Napa Valley Series showcases single varietals - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and even Sauvignon Blanc - that are likewise blended from a range of vineyards. The small-production AVA Series is a way to celebrate the unique qualities of particular districts.  Although Bill and Kathy Collins sold the winery in 1985, they remain involved; indeed,  their Holystone Vineyard in St. Helena forms the backbone of both Anthology as well as the Napa Valley Series. Conn Creek also promotes wine education through such events as the Barrel Blending Experience, in which participants taste barrel samples of Cabernet Sauvignon and other varietals from 16 sub-appellations. Blending their own bottle allows them to appreciate the skill and art that goes into crafting world-class wine.

Wines from this Winery

2016 Conn Creek Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Conn Creek Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Because the Napa Valley features a rich diversity of terrain, micro-climates and soil types, Conn Creek’s approach to making a Napa Valley Cabernet is to blend fruit from different sub-appellations into one rich and complex wine. While 2016 was looking to be another early harvest, a cool September lengthened the “hang time,” ensuring more nuanced flavors. Incredibly, Napa has been blessed by five great vintages in a row! Vineyard sources include the Collins and Battuelo vineyards in St. Helena and the Temple vineyard in Pope Valley as well as other vineyards in the Chiles Valley, Oakville, Oak Knoll, Calistoga, Mt. Veeder, Howell Mountain, Rutherford, and Atlas Peak. An elegant wine Bordeaux-like wine, this Conn Creek cab is layered with black cherry, cassis as well as vanilla, clove and cinnamon spice flavors and offers plenty of acidity to make meal pairing easy. 

¥ 5,200