Maya 1994, 750ml

"The Maya Proprietary red wine is usually a blend of 45% Cabernet Franc and 55% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 1994 Maya may or may not turn out to be a perfect wine, but it is unquestionably one of the most prodigious, compelling, young Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc wines I have tasted. The color is a dense opaque purple. Note the wine's sweetness, pureness, and layers of ripe black fruits dosed with spicy new oak, smoke, Asian spices, and an underlying mineral component. The antithesis of a lightweight red wine, this massive, full-bodied, glycerin-endowed, super-concentrated wine has maintained its equilibrium despite its enormousness. The sweetness and silky tannin so characteristic of the 1994 vintage are present, but I would opt for aging the 1994 Maya 5-7 years, and drinking it over the following 25-30. The 1993s and 1994s are in bottle, and the 1993s, which were released several months ago, are disappearing before any bottles hit the retail shelf. Readers who could neither afford nor find the Cabernet Sauvignon or Maya Proprietary Red, will have to wait another ten months for the release of the 1994s. Production at Dalla Valle has dropped, largely because of the phylloxera damage to the vineyard, and the consequent replanting. For example, the production in 1993 was 40% less than that in 1992. The quantities of wine in 1994 will be equally small. Not until the late nineties is production expected to return to its former level." RP 99