First of a 6 pack of magnums purchased from The Chicago Wine Company. Great provenance, cork in pristine shape. Poured into a Reidel Magnum Decanter, and tried immediately - showing slight fruit on the nose, plenty of acid and tannin but not much fruit and earth. (86) Tried almost 3 hours later and it began to open up showing fruit flavors but still not much nose. (87) 5 hours after the decant it began to additionally show some dark fruits in the nose. (88) About 1/3 of the wine was left in this decanter which is quite broad exposing a large amount of the wine to the air, which lead me to believe it would be dead and showing no fruit the next day....I was proven wrong. It was at it's best 20 hours after the initial decant, it showed hints of minerality together with enough dark fruit to merit a solid 90 rating. The moral of this story.....decant the hell out of this wine unless you want to wait 5 to 8 years. For magnums stored in proper cellaring conditions, I suggest a drinking window of 2018 to 2025.
Purchased from winebid. It is readily apparent that this wine was properly stored throughout its long life. Napa cabs gets all the hype yet wines like this prove that Sonoma cabs when "classically made" can age incredibally well if properly cellared. I drank this same vintage perhaps 6 years ago and this shows how Arrowood is a top tier producer. Color still had some deep red, little bricking, tannin was non existent, as this wine showed red fruits and "slightly" secondary earthy components. This needs to be drunk up as after 15 minutes in the glass the fruit fades and then shows the acid more; the acid is what gave this wine its longevity in combination with what must have been gobs of fruit when first bottled. Thus, another amazing california cab from the benchmark 1994 vintage.
Purchased this wine more than a year ago at Brentwood wine auctions; provenance was from a temperature controlled cellar to my temperature controlled cellar. Although the wine was properly stored, the upper portions of the cork were a bit dry and crumbly. Coloration of the wine was a red - red (meaning a red that is just so plain old red that I think it should be called red red) with some bricking at the rim when popped and poured directly into glasses. Immediately the wine showed a beautiful nose of earth and black currents; however, as this wine has some bottle age on it, it suffered from the 5 minute fade as the wine needs small pours without allow the wine to oxidize in the bowl of the glas. This was when Mondavi knew how to make a balanced cab, as there was no over ripeness or heat from this 13.5% alcohol wine. Paired well with pan seared filet mignon and simple veggies. With all this being said, if you are someone who likes really old cabs, then this wine could still be held for a few years more.
11/23/2014 4:16:00 AM - Hi! Wine really was pleasant to me.
I before giving decanted it and gave the chance to breathe.
Its cost at us reaches $80!!!
Therefore the offer for you - the price in $40 seems to me very interesting,
After tasting I for myself got some more bottles.
And here confidence in that that it will keep the qualities and in 2025 - at me isn't present. In my opinion it now at peak.
If you are in our corner of the world surely let know.