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.