Year 2 - Super Tasting 3 of 5 - Maciej and Steve do 1994 Napa Cabernet

George Restaurant, Toronto, ON

Tasted June 7, 2014 by Dave Canada with 510 views

Flight 1 (14 notes)

White - Sparkling
2003 Roederer Estate L'Ermitage Brut USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
92 points
Popped and poured....very fine bubbles
Nose is really pretty....lime, lemon, mineral, caramel, and biscuit. Extended lees contact very evident. Fruit is very tart but rich.
The palate shows similar flavours with very tart lemon and lime fruits augmented with rich caramel and biscuit notes that round the wine out nicely.
Finish is long and quite complex with similar tart fruits from that palate but balanced with great richness and balance. The faintest whiff of alcohol does come out on the finish but this is still very fine
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Red
1994 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection USA, California, Napa Valley
94 points
Popped and poured, served blind.
Wow...nose is powerful! dark fruit for sure but very integrated...cassis, blackcurrant, blackberry, black cherry liquor, graphite, mint, eucalyptus, smoke and mushroom dominate.
The palate is rich, but very elegant with great texture, fine tannins and great balancing acidity. Flavours move towards cedar, leather, cassis, black currant, mint, graphite, cherries and cassis.
The wine finishes long....complex, layered and balanced.
Red
1994 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
flawed
Popped and poured, served blind
Bruised apple dominates the nose here...there is some nice fruit there but this is definitely past its best.
Red
1994 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
flawed
Popped and poured, served blind.
Bruised apple dominates the nose and is augmented by bug spray and some nail polish remover....some VA hanging around.
Oxidized and VA issues here.
Red
1994 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Popped and poured, served blind.
Cigarbox, spice, plum, black currant....big powerful fruit...prototypical cali cab nose.
Palate again showed pure blackfruit, tobacco, graphite, but the fruit is a touch sweet for me.
Finish is medium but fruit forward and a touch straightforward and simple.
After seeing which bottle this was, my hunch is that this is not a stellar example and may have seen less that optimal storage conditions.
Red
1994 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
95 points
Popped and poured, served blind.
The nose had menthol galore...eucalyptus, black raspberry, black cherry, dried pu'erh tea, earth and spice. The palate was really complex....black cherry, black currant, cherry liquor, eucalyptus, mint, black tea and menthol...this is deep and pure. Prototypical "Iron Fist in Velvet Glove" wine.
Finish was long, complex, powerful and elegant.
Stellar wine.
Red
1994 Joseph Phelps Insignia USA, California, Napa Valley
97 points
Popped and Poured, served blind
Wow....what a nose! Notes of earth, forrest floor, cedar, leather, iron, cold steel, bell pepper and red and boac currant, cherry and spice.
The palate shows cassis, black currant, spice, leather, cedar, earth, forrest floor, minerals. Great secondary and tertiary development.
Finish is never ending....enough said.
Thought this was 94 Dominus.
Red
1994 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
92 points
Popped and poured, served blind.
This was very earthy on the nose....blackfruit, spice, cedar, pyrazene and leather poke through making this quite perfumed.
The palate shows similar flavours of leather, cedar, black currants and cherries with great balancing acidity.
The finish is medium but falls off a bit with time....underwhelming on the backend.
Red
1994 Ridge Monte Bello USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
88 points
Popped and poured, served blind
This was quite sterile. The fruit was very ripe... "super fruit driven bomb" was what came out when I first smelled it. The fruit was jammy, clean and lacking complexity
The palate showed dark fruit, menthol, mint, but was really quite boring and simple.
Finish was medium but very ripe and lacking complexity.
This was a HUGE disappointment when we unveiled. No overt flaws, bad storage maybe?
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Red
1994 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Signature USA, California, Napa Valley
89 points
Popped and poured, served blind.
Notes of menthol, pure dark fruit, mint....dense but lacking complexity....a typical cali bruiser.
Palate showed big dark fruit, mint, menthol but not a lot else...the fruit is overwhelming and over the top for me.
The finish had big fruit, nothing else and was boring to say the least
Red
1994 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
94 points
Popped and poured, served blind
Sweet pipe tobacco, moss, soil, earth, herbs, eucalyptus, cherry, plum and cassis.
Great texture on the palate....coffee bean, menthol, tobacco, moss, soil, cured meat, iron, cherry and cassis dominate.
The finish is long, fresh and so lifted. Almost 95 points.
Red
1994 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
84 points
Popped and poured, served blind
Ugh....simple ripe fruit, medicinal notes, cough syrup, and cotton candy.
Palate was WAY over the top....just too much, I don't like this style whatsoever.
Finish is hot and burns like cough syrup.
Red
1994 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
83 points
Popped and poured, served blind
Very ripe, quality fruit but overripe....prunes, dried raisin and some VA character are off putting
The palate shows dried prune, dried cherry and spice but is just too worked showing limited complexity.
Finish is simple.
Red
1994 David Arthur Meritaggio USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
Popped and poured, served blind
This was a touch reduced on the nose but it faded with a bit of air. Some pretty dark cherry fruit, cedar, leather, meat and some Brett.
The palate was a bit heavier with some noticeable green pyrazene notes. This too, like some of the other wines we have had is has fruit in spades but no layers of flavour or nuanced textures. It's heavy.
The finish is medium with limited complexity.
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