1994 Flora Springs "Rutherford Hillside Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #300565


WS 96 RP 94
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Tasting Notes

96 points and a 'Highly Recommended' designation from Wine Spectator: "Displays all the ingredients for excellence, offering impressive meaty, smoky, oaky flavors before the leathery currant and dried cherry fold in. Young, dense and tightly wound, it needs time in the cellar, but the flavors build to a wonderful aftertaste." (10/97) 94 points Robert Parker: "The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve exhibits an opaque purple color, a classic, cedar, blackcurrant, and earthy-scented nose, and rich, full-bodied flavors that ooze jammy blackcurrants. The wood influence is subtle, although some spicy vanillin can be detected. This wine possesses terrific fruit purity, an opulent texture, and an impressively long, harmonious finish. When released next year, the 1994 Reserve should be more accessible young than the 1993 Reserve, yet as long lived (20-30 years). Ken Deiss, the winemaker at Flora Springs, thinks that the 1994 and 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon vintages have more in common than differences. This was borne out in my tastings, as both vintages possess that rare quality of producing very concentrated, ripe Cabernets with sweet, well-integrated tannin. Flora Springs' Reserve Cabernet Sauvignons have soared in quality in the nineties... The last three vintages are all concentrated, powerful Cabernets packed with fruit." (12/96)


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