Magnum Party at WWWB

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 07:30 PM

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"Drinking is like pouring smiles on your brain."

Chris Hardwick


This is another in the series of events that we call "Once in a Lifetime" tastings that we do strictly for scientific purposes as we have none of these wines on the table this evening for sale.  We want to know how these wines are drinking today and more specifically how MAGNUMS of these wines are showing at the moment.

At Wine Watch we think that the Magnum is the perfect size bottle and when it comes to wine, more is always better.  You really start to notice the difference that size makes when a wine reaches 10 years old or more.  Wines bottled in Magnum format are always fresher, have more fruit and they have the ability to last sometimes twice as long as their 750ml equivalents. 

Join us as we experience some legendary wines out of Magnum format paired to a special tasting menu prepared by Wine Watch Caterings Toni Lampasone.  This tasting is $225 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail


Cabernet Sauignon Magnum Party at Wine Watch Wine Bar
Saturday, August 5th 2017
7:30 PM

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1987 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Lake (Magnum)

Very dark color.  Still youthful.  Deep, enticing raspberry and cassis scents and tastes.  A dense, deep, rich, terrific wine, with a long, tannic finish.  A great wine to age easily for 20 or more years.  Tasting notes from: John Tilson- Underground Wine Journal Tasting January 10 and 11, 2003 at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara.

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1994 Dominus Estate Napa (Magnum)

(99 Points)  Christian Moueix and his talented winemaking team continue to rewrite the definition of a Napa Valley reference point wine. I have had a difficult time keeping the corks in my bottles of 1994 Dominus. Eight-thousand cases were produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot. In this vintage, 174 days passed between bud break and the harvest, a remarkable period of time for any wine region in the world. The 1994 is a strikingly thick, compellingly rich wine with the texture of a great Pomerol, despite being made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine exhibits a dense purple color, and an incredibly fragrant nose of jammy black fruits, spice, smoke, and loamy, truffle-like scents. In the mouth, it is full-bodied, with thrilling levels of extract and richness, but no sense of heaviness or harshness. This seamless Dominus possesses no hard edges, as its acidity, tannin, and alcohol are beautifully meshed with copious quantities of ripe fruit. This wine offers early drinking, yet has the potential to last for 30+ years.

On what I suppose is a distressing note, I have noticed huge demand for Dominus in recent auction activity. At a Sotheby's auction on October 25, Dominus fetched prices of $23,150 for one imperial of 1991, and $10,450 for two 1991 double magnums. Although none of this is the fault of anybody at Dominus (blame Christian Moueix and his team for producing profound wine) if this trend continues, I wonder how any true amateurs will be able to afford the wine. Wine Advocate #114, Dec 1997

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1995 Joseph Phelps Backus Napa (Magnum)

(93 points)  "The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard is a wine of great intensity. A massive, saturated black/purple-colored example, it offers an intriguing bouquet and flavors of prunes, black currants, roasted herbs, chocolate, and coffee, huge amounts of glycerin and body, and a gigantic, oversized finish with considerable tannin. This is one wine where the extract level matches the tannin's ferocity, but readers looking for something to cuddle up with over the near-term should be advised that it needs 5-6 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2025. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate " (12/ 1998)

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1997 Hartwell Cabernet Sauvignon Stag's Leap (Magnum)

Wine Enthusiast: " The word 'black' applies to a number of things here: cherry, coffee, currant. Cola is another part of the fabulous mix. Tons of polish, and creamy and rich. A palate-pleaser supreme; there’s a lot of class and breed here. Fine and fancy, with excellent weight. What more could you ask for? "

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1999 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (Magnum)

(98 points) The sumptuous 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark ruby-colored wine with mouth-watering aromas of highly expressive blackberries awash in toasted oak and roasting spices. Medium to full-bodied, thick, concentrated, and exquisitely balanced, this mouth-coating tour de force is densely packed with jammy black fruits and cassis liqueur. It combines elegance with power in a manner reminiscent of Chateaux Margaux's prodigious 1990. This velvety-textured wine is complete, with magnificent depth of fruit, a profound personality, and the requisite structure for long-term cellaring. Bravo! (PR) (12/2002) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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1999 Behrens and Hitchcock Merlot Napa (Magnum)

(91-93 points) "The 1999 Merlot Napa (700 cases of a blend of three separate vineyards, Kenefick, Jaeger, and Alder Springs), is structured. It reveals a black/purple color, terrific fruit intensity, a big, weighty, blackberry and cherry-scented nose, and plenty of volume and power in the mouth. The smoky oak is beautifully integrated, as this wine seems to have already sucked up its new oak aging. There is more tannin in the finish, but this is a large-scale, blockbuster Merlot that is probably going to need 2-3 years of cellaring and will last for 15-20 years. Don't be surprised if someone stumbles across a bottle in about two decades and thinks it is one of the finest Merlots ever made in California." (12/2000) Robert Parker

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 2000 Lewis Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa (Magnum)

“Generous in its use of creamy oak and no more frugal with fully ripened fruit, this massive, deeply draughted, showstopper is a wine of real weaves varied elements of toast, cream, cappuccino and sweet tobacco into its long and impeccably balanced flavors. Serious stuff by any standard and built with sturdy tannins that tag it as one to keep for the long haul, it will improve for upwards of a decade and stay alive for twice that long.”  Connoisseurs Guide

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2001 Chateau Montelena Estate Napa (Magnum)

(96 Points)  One might call the opaque purple-colored 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate “locked and loaded.” Fashioned from a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc (which saw about 25% new oak), it exhibits a tremendously pure, but tightly-knit bouquet of creme de cassis, leather, forest floor, minerals, and licorice. Dense, with layer upon layer of concentrated black fruits intermixed with spice and wood, it displays full body, great purity, low acidity, and a solid lashing of heavy duty tannin in the blockbuster finish. It’s great stuff, clearly the finest Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon since 1997, but patience will be essential. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2030. Wine Advocate #150, Dec 2003



Shrimp Cocktail shooters, Phylo purses stuffed with mushroom herb duxelle, Mini Ham and cheese sandwiches
Duck and Smoked mozzarella Ravioli served over browned butter, garnished with sundried tomatoes, fresh basil and fresh shaved Reggiano Parmesan
Braised Beef Short Rib served with Cabernet Sauvignon natural sauce, bacon corn and mushroom succotash
Dark chocolate creme brulee


This Tasting is $225 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail

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