“Even after extensive time in barrel, this is vibrant and youthful, its nutty caramel scents lifted by the smoky, peaty notes of wood and time. As it opens in the glass it actually gets fruitier, a strawberry ripeness filling in the center, creating a sense of time running backwards.”
“The 1994 Vinsanto 20 Years Barrel Aged, bottled in late December 2014, is the typical blend here of 80% Assyrtiko and 10% each of Aidani and Athiri, aged for 240 months in used French oak. It comes in with 250 grams of residual sugar, 7.7 grams of total acidity and 13.5% alcohol. It was also held back in bottle for two years before release. Sourced from very old vines, this seems dry yet rich, powerful and very concentrated. It didn't show its best for 24 hours, initially seeming just a bit duller compared to the 1993 but winning in the end. In the end, it is richer and more unctuous. As with all of them, it ends with a tannic-like grip on the finish, some molasses and caramelized sugar. Intense, dense and gripping, this is pretty special.”
“Wood spice, raisined dried fruit and rancio nose. The concentrated palate has amazing complexity with a display of vivid dried fruits and nuts, plus a phenomenally long sweet-and-sour finish. This is an outstanding, world-class elixir with layers of flavour and vinous interest.” (GOLD)
“Deep ruby with orange rim. Very pronouncedly Nero d’Avola with rich dark fruit and at the same time the tomato leaf. Sweetly perfumed. Cleverly handled oak, but there seems to be a clear change of style. Supple and accessible. Ends warm.” (17 out of 20 points)
The 1994 I Sodi di San Niccolò has pretty much exhausted its potential for improvement. The fruit retains considerable richness and depth, while the tannins are quite firm, but I don’t see much room for development. Today the 1994 comes across as a very successful wine for a difficult year marked by heavy rain at the beginning of the summer.
Montevetrano - Wine Advocate
The 1994 Montevetrano is one of the smaller-scaled wines in this line-up, most of which can be attributed to the excessive rain that year. Dried cherries, flowers, herbs and tobacco come together very nicely.
The 1994 Rosso del Conte is endowed with super-ripe fruit and a soft, accessible personality that is the result of a very hot summer that year. This isn't an especially complex Rosso del Conte, but the wine nevertheless impresses for its balance, poise and harmony.