Spain/ Rioja by Riscal: Predominantly dry year, with the exception of the abundant rains in October and November, 1993. Some spring frost of light effect; drought from August 5 until September 12. The vegetative cycle was much anticipated, registering very benign temperatures in March, which propitiated a precocious budding of the vineyards, with almost a month of advance on the normal dates of the area. Exceptionally dry and warm summer, as one did not know in any more than 40 years. Very early grape harvest with the exceptional sanitary state and ripeness of the grape. EXCELLENT quality, being one of the best harvests of last decades. Big wines for the aging.

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Vintage Report

Bordeaux Vintage Report / After the mild winter, the spring brought heavy rains and frost damaging the vineyards drastically. After stormy beginning of summer the weather settled and changed very favourable for the latter part of the vintage. The harvest was completed in fine conditions and the vintage ended being moderate to even good. The wines are perfectly enjoyable today. Of the red wines of the vintage, Pétrus, together with Valandraud, takes the top position. Haut-Brion, Margaux and Latour are good runners-up. Pontet-Canet is a positive surprise. For Sauternes the vintage was good and dry whites, such as Haut-Brion Blanc, it was excellent.

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Vintage Report

Napa Valley Vintage Report A long, cool spring followed by a cool summer produced slightly lower grape yields of richly concentrated fruit. The effects of low winter rainfall were mitigated by the combination of cool daytime temperatures and evening marine fog. The moderate temperatures were optimum for grape quality. A two-week period of hot weather at the beginning of August created some uneven coloration during veraison, and growers compensated by thinning fruit to allow only the best grapes to reach maturation.

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Port Vintage Report: A “monumental” vintage, even more intense than that of 1992, with tannins and fruit concentration. According to James Suckling from the American magazine Wine Spectator, which back in 1997 attributed the highest rating (100 points) to the Taylor and da Fonseca Vintages, as well as first place among the hundred best wines of that year, “Great Vintage Ports as the ones from this year come around only a few times in a lifetime “. A general declaration. Excellent weather, harvests under ideal conditions, with perfect grapes.

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1994 After many years the English Channel is opened joining England to France for the first time, this year also marks the 50th Anniversary of the Allied landings in France and the beginning of the end of the Second World War. Tensions start over Inspection of Nuclear Plants in North Korea. Rover in the UK is purchased by BMW. In the US the First Genetically Engineered Tomatoes become available and the use and sale of GM Foods is approved  

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The best wines of the 1994 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Maya 97.2 Dalla Valle Napa Valley, United States
2 Harlan Estate 96.9 Harlan Estate Napa Valley, United States
3 Screaming Eagle 96.6 Screaming Eagle Napa Valley, United States
4 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 96.0 Bryant Family Vineyard Napa Valley, United States
5 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 95.9 Shafer Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
6 Dominus 95.8 Dominus Estate Napa Valley, United States
7 Fonseca Vintage Port 95.5 Fonseca Portugal, Portugal
8 Mount Edelstone 95.3 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
9 Montrachet 95.3 Domaine Leflaive Burgundy, France
10 Vintage Port 95.2 Taylor's Douro, Portugal
11 Nacional Vintage Port 95.2 Quinta do Noval Douro, Portugal
12 Eisele Vineyard Syrah 95.0 Araujo Estate Napa Valley, United States
13 Unico Reserva Especial 95.0 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
14 Richebourg 95.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
15 Chevalier-Montrachet 94.9 Domaine Leflaive Burgundy, France
16 Cabernet Merlot 94.9 Cullen Wines Margaret River, Australia
17 Clos des Capucins Tokay Pinot Gris Vendanges Tardives 94.8 Domaine Weinbach Alsace, France
18 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 94.7 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
19 Mussbacher Eselshaut Rieslaner Trockenbeerenauslese 94.6 Weingut Müller-Catoir Pfalz, Germany
20 Grosset Gaia 94.5 Grosset Wines South Australia, Australia
21 Madrona Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 94.5 Abreu Vineyards St.Helena, United States
22 Unico 94.5 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
23 Vintage Port 94.4 Graham's Douro, Portugal
24 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 94.3 Araujo Estate Napa Valley, United States
25 Clos des Papes 94.0 Paul Avril Rhône, France
26 Command Shiraz 94.0 Elderton Wines South Australia, Australia
27 Chambertin 94.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
28 Château de Valandraud 94.0 Château Valandraud St.Emilion, France
29 Auslese Naturwein 94.0 Steinberger Rheingau, Germany
30 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 94.0 Quilceda Creek Washington, United States
31 Montecillo Gran Reserva Selección Especial 94.0 Bodegas Montecillo La Rioja, Spain
32 Show Sparkling Shiraz 94.0 Seppelt Great Western, Australia
33 Vintage Port 94.0 Fonseca Portugal, Portugal
34 Vintage Collection 94.0 Palmer & Co Champagne, France
35 Barolo Monfortino Riserva 94.0 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
36 Montrachet 94.0 Domaine Étienne Sauzet Burgundy, France
37 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Reine des Bois 94.0 Domaine de la Mordoree Rhône, France
38 Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 94.0 Tokaj Oremus Estate Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary
39 Gran Reserva 94.0 Mont-Ferrant Penedès, Spain
40 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LA CRAU 94.0 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Rhône, France
41 Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon 94.0 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
42 Château Rauzan-Ségla 94.0 Château Rauzan-Ségla Bordeaux, France
43 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 94.0 Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz, United States
44 Grace Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 94.0 Grace Family Vineyard Saint Helena, CA, United States
45 Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons Le Mesnil 93.9 Pierre Peters Champagne, France
46 Riesling Smaragd Steinertal 93.7 F.X. Pichler Wachau, Austria
47 Vintage Port 93.5 Dow's Portugal, Portugal
48 Opus One 93.5 Opus One Napa Valley, United States
49 Hermitage 93.5 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Rhône, France
50 Meshach 93.5 Grant Burge Wines South-Australia, Australia
51 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 93.3 Dalla Valle Napa Valley, United States
52 Proprietary Red 93.0 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley, United States
53 Grange Hermitage 93.0 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
54 Brauneberg Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 93.0 Weingut Fritz Haag Mosel, Germany
55 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Secret des Sabon 93.0 Roger Sabon Rhône, France
56 Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 93.0 Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains, United States
57 Basket Press Shiraz 93.0 Rockford South Australia, Australia
58 Hommage à Jacques Perrin 93.0 Château de Beaucastel Rhône, France
59 Clos de l'Obac 93.0 Costers del Siurana Catalonia, Spain
60 Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 93.0 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
61 Lafleur 93.0 Château Lafleur Bordeaux, France
62 Hill of Grace 93.0 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
63 Chapoutier Ermitage de l'Orée 93.0 M. Chapoutier Rhône, France
64 Montrachet 93.0 Domaine Jacques Prieur Burgundy, France
65 Comtes de Champagne 92.8 Taittinger Champagne, France
66 Barbaresco 92.8 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
67 Pétrus 92.7 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
68 Herb Lamb Cabernet Sauvignon 92.7 Colgin Cellars Napa Valley, United States
69 Vintage Port 92.7 Quinta do Noval Douro, Portugal
70 Chassagne-Montrachet "Vergers" 92.6 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France
71 Pesquera Reserva 92.5 Bodegas Tinto Pesquera Ribera de Duero, Spain
72 Meursault Charmes 92.5 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Burgundy, France
73 Vintage Port 92.5 Croft Douro, Portugal
74 Queen of Spades 92.5 Sine Qua Non California, United States
75 Le Pin 92.4 Le Pin Bordeaux, France
76 Janus Gran Reserva 92.3 Bodegas Tinto Pesquera Ribera de Duero, Spain
77 The Armagh 92.3 Jim Barry Wines Clare Valley, Australia
78 Vintage Port 92.2 Warre's Douro, Portugal
79 Cristal 92.2 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
80 Sammarco 92.0 Castello dei Rampolla Tuscany, Italy
81 Montecillo Gran Reserva Seleccíon Especial 92.0 Bodegas Montecillo La Rioja, Spain
82 Redigaffi 92.0 Tua Rita Italy, Italy
83 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 92.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
84 Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 92.0 Mas de Daumas Gassac Languedoc-Roussillon, France
85 Hermitage Blanc 92.0 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Rhône, France
86 Baron de Chirel Reserva 92.0 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
87 ILR Reserve Semillon 92.0 Brokenwood Hunter Valley, Australia
88 Sorí San Lorenzo 92.0 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
89 Meursault Perrières 92.0 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Burgundy, France
90 Insignia 92.0 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley, United States
91 Marqués de Riscal Gran Reserva 92.0 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
92 Château Haut-Marbuzet 91.7 Château Haut-Marbuzet Bordeaux, France
93 Vintage Port 91.6 Ferreira Portugal, Portugal
94 Masseto 91.5 Ornellaia Tuscany, Italy
95 Corton-Charlemagne 91.5 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Burgundy, France
96 Kiedricher Gräfenberg Riesling TBA 91.5 Weingut Robert Weil Rheingau, Germany
97 Château Latour 91.5 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
98 Château Mouton-Rothschild 91.3 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
99 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 91.3 Beringer Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
100 Black Label 91.0 Wolf Blass South Eastern, Australia


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