Concannon Conservancy Crimson and Clover Wine Review


I am not a wine expert by any means.  I occasionally drink a glass every now and then.   After so many years of either being pregnant or nursing I still haven’t quite convinced myself that it is okay.  Perhaps in another six months my mind will work through the idea that alcohol is no longer taboo.  My husband and his mother are another story.   They love to have a glass of wine with supper at the end of the day.  I speculate that they are not alone in this habit.   For many people a glass of wine in the evening signals a day well done and a prize rightly earned.  It also helps relax those that have had a stressful day at the office.  My husband can attest to this.  Sometimes simple pleasures are the best.

My family does not have expensive taste in wine.  That is just a polite way of saying, “we’re cheap”.  Wine can be expensive and drinking a bottle every couple of days can really add up fast.  Our problem is straightforward.  We want a great tasting red wine that does not break the bank.   Is that asking too much?  I think not!

But all too often our selections have a bitter aftertaste that lingers on the taste buds.  Therefore we are always on the lookout for a new, great alternative.

We recently had the opportunity to taste Concannon Conservancy’s Crimson & Clover.  We typically drink either a Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon at my house and this tribute wine is a unique red wine blend.  With 50% Petite Sirah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, and 10% Zinfandel Appellation, I was sure that I had never tried anything quite like this before.  But what would it taste like?

It taste great!  Obviously a lot of care was taken to create this particular blend.  This wine was not merely created for the masses, but also as a tribute to Jim Concannon in celebration of his 80th birthday on July 25, 2011.  Only 10,000 cases will be produced.

This wine does not come from just any old grapes.  Instead this Conservancy blend is created solely with grapes grown in the Livermore vineyards.  These vineyards are part of a Tri-Valley Conservancy with over 3,100 acres that attempts to protect the land from urban encroachment.  Concannon is attempting to create a wine that is in tune with the fruits of the land.   Whatever their doing, it’s clearly working.

We found the wine to be very smooth.  No harsh bitter aftertaste like some wines.  The company describes it with “rich deep berry flavors, softness and complexity” and we definitely find this to be true.

The retail value of this wine is $15, however I am confident you could find it at many liquor stores for even a bit cheaper.  This would be considered a great price for such a good wine and I agree.  However, because we are so cheap when it comes to wine, that this will become one of our “good and spendy” bottles.  Yes, we really consider a wine that is $12 to be an expensive bottle.  But frankly I consider anyone who spend more than $20 on a bottle of wine to be ……..hmmm…perhaps I better not say.   I don’t want to potentially offend anyone.  But you get the idea.  If you don’t mind spending around $15 on a bottle of wine I would highly recommend Concannon Conservancy 2009 Crimson & Clover.

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I received this product for review purposes, all opinions are my own.


  1. Concannon Vineyard wines are wonderful and reasonably priced. We lived one town away a few months ago and often drove out to the area where they are located. It’s quite beautiful. In the stores here in California, we can even find the price a little less than what you are paying in MN. We had the Peitite Syrah recently and it was wonderful…. Thank you for writing about a favorite place of ours!


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