1994 Napa Tasting

Bin 54

Tasted November 23, 2013 by bonedoc with 103 views

Introduction

ALL WINES BROUGHT FROM OUR CELLARS, BOUGHT AT/NEAR RELEASE, POPPED CORKS 2 HRS BEFORE TASTING. 2 FLIGHTS, TASTED BLIND, 10 PEOPLE (HALF EXPERTS, THE OTHER HALF MODERATELY EXPERIENCED).

Flight 1 (6 notes)

Red
1994 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
"(++) perfect balance of fruit/structure/minerality…bordeaux-like" 96-98
Red
1994 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch USA, California, Napa Valley
(++) great fruit, richer, less minerals, beef
Red
1994 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection USA, California, Napa Valley
"(-)fruit muted, nose dominated by oak, sweet, palate of oak… ""cali-style"" I guessed caymus"
Red
1994 Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb USA, California, Napa Valley
(--)fruit fading, past it's prime, guava, ? off bottle but definitely not corked
Red
1994 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
"(-+)no minerality, very ripe/sweet fruit, excellent but downgraded bc very ripe and w/out secondaries"
Red
1994 Peter Michael Les Pavots USA, California, Sonoma County, Knights Valley
(+-)nothing memorable

Flight 2 (6 notes)

Red
1994 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
(++-)sweet, low acid, soft, tasted older
Red
1994 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
(++-+)more restrained but good, more cut, balanced
Red
1994 Joseph Phelps Insignia USA, California, Napa Valley
(+-++) fruit muted & fading
Red
1994 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
(+++) minerals, wonderfully Bordeaux-like, my 2nd fav of the night. 96-98
Red
1994 Harlan Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
"(++++) my WOTN, utterly perfectly balanced, ripe delicious fruit without being overdone" will go another 5+. 97-99
Red
1994 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
(-+)softer, elegant

Closing

OVERALL, THE WINES WERE ALL SUPERB AND SURPRISINGLY GOING STRONG DESPITE 19 YRS OF AGE, WITH ONLY THE COLGIN SEEMING WAY PAST ITS PRIME (ALTHOUGH NOT CORKED).

GROUP RESULTS

points gold silver bronze wine
20 4 3 2 1994 shafer hs
14 3 2 1 1994 berginger pr
13 2 2 3 1994 mondavi res
13 3 2 0 1994 araujo eisele
11 2 2 1 1994 abreu madrona
10 1 3 1 1994 caymus ss
9 2 1 1 1994 dunn howell mtn
8 1 2 1 1994 harlan
7 1 0 4 1994 insignia
5 0 0 5 1994 peter michael pavots
5 0 2 1 1994 dominus
3 1 0 0 1994 colgin herb

MY RESULTS
1 HARLAN
2 DOMINUS
3 DUNN HM
4 ABREU MADRONA
5 SHAFER HS
6 MONDAVI PR