1994 Abreu Madrona Ranch Vineyard Proprietary Red - 750ml

1994 Abreu Madrona Ranch Vineyard Proprietary Red - 750ml

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1994 Abreu Madrona Ranch Vineyard Proprietary Red - 96 pts!
Is anyone anywhere in the world making more consistently profound wines than the famous viticulturalist David Abreu and his long-time sidekick and assistant, former chef Brad Grimes? Working from relatively small sites, two of them adjacent to the back streets of St. Helena (the six-acre Cappella Vineyard alongside a cemetery and the home estate of Madrona Ranch at the base of Spring Mountain) to the co-owned vineyard with Ric Forman, the magnificent Thorevilos Vineyard behind the Meadowood Resort. There is also his own 2,000-foot elevation site on Howell Mountain.
These wines are all proprietary reds, probably containing at least 60-65% Cabernet Sauvignon, the rest largely Cabernet Franc with a little Petit Verdot and occasionally tiny amounts of Merlot. They spend a full two years in 100% new French oak and are bottled without any fining or filtration. They are exquisite examples of Bordeaux blends that are true first growths in every sense. So how do I go about describing these wines, which are so exciting and satisfying on both hedonistic and intellectual levels?

Product Details

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 1994
Rating 96 WS/94 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Abreu Vineyards
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating

The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses the seamless velvety-textured perfectly balanced style that is so apparent in this vintage's greatest wines. The opaque purple color is accompanied by ripe jammy black fruit aromas a creme de cassis-like richness on the palate full body sweet soft tannin and marvelous extraction and purity. The wine is both silky and powerful with impeccable harmony among its elements. Although the 1994 will have a precocious flattering up-front appeal it will not begin to strut its full potential for another 5-6 years. It is a 25-30 year wine. In tasting through all of Abreu's commercially available wines I was struck by how consistent in quality they are. The exceptional 1991 and 1992 have been followed by phenomenal wines in 1993 1994 1995 and 1996. Most of these wines are 95% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Cabernet Franc. The only exception is the 1995 which is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wines are worth owning I am putting my money where my mouth is. RP

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator

96 WS - 1994 Abreu Madrona Ranch Proprietary Red - Massive rich and deeply flavored packed with complex currant mineral spice sage and cedary oak flavors and chewy but polished tannins. This one will require some patience. WS

Burghound

Burghound

Winery Details

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 1994
Rating 96 WS/94 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Abreu Vineyards
Color Red
Production
600 cases

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