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Thirty Years On: Revisiting 1984 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
October 8, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Thirty Years On: Revisiting 1984 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
A celebration of a coveted Napa harvest
One of the many gems I plan to pop at the 1984 retrospective
In the past year I’ve developed a great (read: unstoppable) appreciation for properly aged California red wines, specifically Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons. The key word in that sentence is “properly” for there is quite a bit of wine out there in the market that has questionable provenance.
So in that light, I’m happy to announce I’ve acquired a nifty collection of properly aged and stored 1984 California wines that I’m going to pop on Wednesday, October 8th.
The 1984 vintage in Napa was phenomenal. As Decanter magazine has said:
“This was one of those rare too good to be true vintages that was big in size and ranged from good to excellent in quality. The harvest was early due to a hot spell that kicked it off and a long period warm weather followed to keep harvesters busy. The Cabernets responded by offering generous highly concentrated flavours, and high tannin levels. Even by California standards, the wines were huge, powerful and ultra-ripe. Even the best were rich in tannin but were balanced well enough to age for two decades. Merlot ripened quickly in Napa and Sonoma and the harvest was finished by mid-September. The vintage tended toward over-ripeness and high, sometimes hard tannins. Only a few managed to produce balanced wines, and all but a few failed to last a decade.”
I can’t wait to pop this little collection of gems that I’ve collected from great sources. This will be a beautiful insight into what 30 years of aging does to great wines from great vintages.
Included will be a comprehensive discussion on aging wines, buying older wines, and proper decanting/serving suggestions. This will be a night to remember, and I hope you can join us!