1994 York Creek Spring Mountain District Meritage SKU #350183

Price: $29.99

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The owner of York Creek is Fritz Maytag (Of Anchor Steam beer fame). He has farmed the property since 1968, selling grapes from his 125-acre mountain vineyard to many outstanding names in the California wine industry (Ridge Vineyards among them). York Creek began making a small amount of its own wine in 1992, and today less than 1,000 cases of Meritage are bottled a year produced entirely from estate grapes grown on Spring Mountain above St. Helena. Hillside vineyard blocks range in altitude from 1,200 to 2,100 feet.

Staff Reviews

  • Jim Boyce
    By: Jim Boyce
    K&L Staff Member
    We always look forward to the new set of older York Creek releases here. As my colleagues mentioned, this is an old school, mature wine that is so vibrant and youthful - a testament to the incredible Spring Mountain fruit and wine making talent responsible for this release! Wild berries, sage, and a touch of menthol hit your nose right off the bat, with an beautifully structured palate full of tobacco, spicebox, currant and blackberry notes. Fans of any previous York Creek releases will be absolutely delighted with this '94 Meritage!
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is great, undoubtedly WOTY (wine of the year) for fans of classic, nicely mature Cabernet based blends. Savory black fruits, a subtle hint of the mintiness present in York Creek's wines, and most impressively, incredible initial attack and volume on the palate for a 20 year old Cab blend. For $30 red wine to serve with pride for guests, or to enjoy with friends and family, I don't think anyone here could suggest a better bottle than this one.
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    After the last few years I think just about everyone has heard us pontificating about just how good, and how insanely inexpensive, the York Creek wines are. Luckily for us and our thirsty customers Fritz Maytag kept deep cellars over the years and still has plenty of wine for us to sell. After the rousing success of past vintageswe just keep reloading because the wines are that good and you keep asking us for more. Our latest finds are pretty incredible. We have just a smattering of 1999 Meritage Magnums, a 1994 Meritage that has held up exceptionally for such a warm vintage and the 2006 Estate Cab which 10 years out is still wildly fresh and full of intensity. <BR> 1994 is not one of my personal favorite years for California Cab. The critics loved it. It was a hot year with huge yields and made big wines that were right on the precipice of going over the edge. Time has told us that while these wines were delicious, ripe and jammy young they didn’t really stand the test of time as a whole. But every vintage has exceptions and if you got off the valley floor and into the mountain districts of Napa you could make some spectacular and long lived wines. The 1994 York Creek Meritage fits that latter description perfectly. 22 years out this wine is still in tremendous shape, in fact most of the staff here at K&L was having a hard time believing it was really that old. Still quite fruit dominate on the nose with lots of blueberry, pipe tobacco, cassis and wild flowers this has just the slightest browning of color at the edge of the glass. Supple and velvety on the palate this has softened up considerably, time slowly sanding away the ruggedness of Spring Mountain’s typical tannins but not its concentration or complexity. The long, savory, delicious finish rolls steadily along and has plenty of black and blue fruits, with a nice set of scrub brush, bay leaf and marjoram qualities that are so common for high elevation fruit in Napa. All this for $30? Prepare to be blown away.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is such a steal for those of us who want to understand what great old school California wine is all about. The 94 York Creek Meritage has held up beautifully with just enough fruit to round out the edges of this earthy and integrated beauty. I can taste Cathy Corison's fingerprints all over this one. It's much more about the secondary flavors than the fruit, and at more than 20 years of age the wine is finally showing you all of that Spring Mountain splendor. This isn't for fruit bomb chasers. This is for serious Cali connoisseurs.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    This Meritage from over two decades ago is showing great concentration and development with ripe red and black fruits like raspberry, blackberry and cherry, and layers of honey and anise as well. The fruit is vibrant and full bodied over fully rounded-out tannins and enough acid to make the finish crisp and strong. This is ready-to-drink, highly affordable and sure to be a crowd-stunner! What’s not to love?
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    Once again the cellar doors swing wide at Fritz Maytag’s York Creek winery, and we welcome the newest winery-direct releases from his library of older wines. Fans of the 1999 Meritage blend (and there were many) are going to be thrilled with this 1994 York Creek Spring Mountain District Meritage. From one of the top vintages of the decade, now twenty plus years old. Fair warning, you are flat out not going to believe how youthful this wine remains, a tribute to the winemaking skill of Cathy Corison, who crafted these unbeatable Bordeaux-inspired blends throughout the 1990’s at York Creek. The wine is still deeply colored, a rich purple with only a faint “bricking” at the rim. The wine’s age shows more clearly on the nose, nicely savory with the expected aromas of cedar and tobacco. Bright and lively, very fresh still in the mouth with plenty of sweet, ripe fruit – fresh-picked blackberry and blackcurrant notes. Lovely weight, medium to full-bodied with a very food friendly 13% alcohol. This will stand among the best of the wines we have received over the years from York Creek. Exceptional value here.


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