1993 Moraga Red
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes 

The 1993 growing season at Moraga in Bel Air started with a warm spring.  The mid summer temperatures were moderate with sunny days and cool nights followed by a hot dry September.  A generous crop required selective thinning to ensure good fruit concentration.  At harvest the grapes were fully mature with intense flavors insuring the quality of the 1993 vintage.

The bouquet of this wine is immediate and complex.  It is replete with aromas of smoky cedar, sweet pipe tobacco, dried herbs and mocha. Underlying are layers of black cherries and blackberries with nuances of dark chocolate and mint.

On the palate flavors of ripe plums and cassis are abundant, with hints of vanilla, cocoa, floral notes, spice and minerals.  Textually, this wine offers an integrated balance of supple texture supported by a frame of fine structural tannins. 

The 1993 Moraga is a wine that can be enjoyed now, because it shares with the 1992 vintage a compelling approachability. It will, however, mature harmoniously for years to come.

Tony Soter, Winemaker
November, 1996