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Twenty Years On: Revisiting the 1994 California Vintage

September 25, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Twenty Years On: Revisiting the 1994 California Vintage
A celebration of a coveted Napa and Sonoma harvest

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 1994 California wines that I’m going to pop on Thursday, September 25th.
The 1994 vintages in both Napa and Sonoma were long, relatively cool, but full of ripeness. There were few temperature spikes except for a bit in July and August (hovering around 90 degrees, nothing like the common 100+ degree days we are seeing now). Harvest extended well into October for many, enjoying perfect weather and ideally ripen grapes. In other words, just about perfect.
1994 was the last of the great vintages before winemaking techniques combined with higher temperatures to make heavily extracted wines (the 1997 vintage). So in many ways it’s the last remnant of an earlier era. The wines were phenomenal then (this was the first serious vintage I sold when I started at Surdyk’s) and they are even more fascinating now.
A few of the gems you’ll get to experience: 1994 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 1994 Viader, Napa Valley 1994 Michel Schlumberger Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley plus … a 1994 old vine Carignane from a legendary and hard to find Russian River producer plus … a 1994 old vine Zinfandel from one of the oldest blocks in the Alexander Valley and more! 
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!


September 25, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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North Loop Wine and Spirits
218 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

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