1990 Moraga Red
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes 

The 1990 Moraga will certainly be a benchmark vintage for years to come.  It is a wine which will stand proudly among the finest Napa and Bordeaux Cabernets, while defining its own unique place.

The 1990 vintage is praised by winegrowers the world over and Bel Air is no exception.

Not a generous year in terms of quantity, (only 226 cases), our rewards were in the extraordinary ripeness and concentration of the fruit.  Truly a rare example of the fortuitous synchronicity of site, environment and human endeavor.  It is both humbling and rewarding for a winemaker to work with fruit of such uncommon quality.

The wine has an almost opaque blue black color.  The aromas are immediate with cassis and toasted sweet oak, while just revealing a whole host of more subtle nuances such as: violets, plums and sandalwood. This is a massive mouth filling wine that has enough substance to more than complement its fine grained tannins. The 1990 Moraga is a wine that is too intriguing and enjoyable not to try in the near future; but by any classis measure, it will improve for decades to come.  Bottled unfiltered, please allow for some sediment when serving.

Tony Soter, Winemaker
March, 1994