1990 Dalla Valle - Maya 750ml

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1990 Dalla Valle - Maya
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International Wine Cellar | 93

Saturated ruby. Expressive nose of plum, currant, tar and tobacco; the only one of this range that beginning to show real development. Sweet, dense and pliant, with superb inner-mouth flavors. Finishes very long and ripely tannic. The harmonious acids extend the fruit. The '91 may yet surpass this wine, but the '90 has been a sentimental favorite of mine since the outset.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 85

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Wine Advocate | 96

The 1990 Maya (almost equal proportions of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon) is a monster in the making. Its super-saturated, opaque black/ruby color is followed by a tight but promising nose of earth, cassis, smoke, and gobs of sweet fruit. In the mouth it is even richer, as well as more tannic than the regular Cabernet. The finish is long, sweet, and compelling.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 89

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Wine Spectator | 97

A prodigious effort, dark, rich and intense,remarkably youthful and vibrant, with penetrating chocolate, black cherry, violet, plum and currant flavors that are tightly focused, long and complex. Finish goes on forever. --California Cabernet retrospective. 250 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2015-2025
Author: James Laube


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Score: 97
Author: JLANDAULA
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/31/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2025
A prodigious effort, dark, rich and intense,remarkably youthful and vibrant, with penetrating chocolate, black cherry, violet, plum and currant flavors that are tightly focused, long and complex. Finish goes on forever. --California Cabernet retrospective. Best from 2015 through 2025. 250 cases made.

About This Producer


From vineyards set 400 feet above the floor of Napa Valley, two critically-acclaimed powerhouse wines are crafted. Both the Cabernet Sauvignon (which includes just a touch of estate Cabernet Franc) and the Maya (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc) showcase Oakville fruit in its most concentrated intensity. Production is limited to micro-quantities, making these wines sought-after prizes for collectors and wine enthusiasts alike.

Gustav and Naoko Dalla Valle bought their family estate in 1982, realizing their vision of producing world-class wine. The first vintages were 1986 for the Cabernet and 1988 for the Maya, which went on to earn a perfect 100-point score from Robert Parker for the 1992 vintage. Naoko Dalla Valle has maintained sole responsibility for the vineyards and winery since her husband's death in 1995. French enologist Michel Rolland consults bi-annually on winemaking and blending decisions.

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