1991 Dalla Valle - Maya 750ml

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1991 Dalla Valle - Maya

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International Wine Cellar | 92(+?)

Excellent deep ruby. Brooding aromas of black plum, black cherry, shoe polish and alluring oak. Very intensely flavored and vibrant; surprisingly high-pitched, even a bit hard, following the nose. This offers terrific lift. Finishes very long and firm but slightly clenched. A tougher style of Maya, still rather youthfully unevolved.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 85

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Wine Advocate | 99

The 1991 Maya (made from equal proportions of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon) has developed incredibly since I tasted it nearly a year ago and rated it 94. The wine is black/purple-colored and offers up a compelling bouquet of flowers, minerals, black fruits, vanilla, and spices. There is huge extraction of fruit, full body, outstanding purity and balance, moderate tannin, and a tremendous layered feel on the palate. All of this intensity and richness is brilliantly pulled off without any sense of heaviness. I can understand wanting to drink this wine immediately as it is an extraordinarily impressive young wine, but it should be given another 4-6 years of cellaring; it is a candidate for 25 years of aging. It is also a strong candidate for a three-digit score in a few years. This is a winemaking tour de force!

Drink Dates: 1998-2019
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 96

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Wine Spectator | 90

Wonderfully fresh and perfumed, with currants, blackberries and dark chocolate. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a firm, fruity finish. Fading a little.

Drink Dates: 2006+
Author: James Suckling


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Vinous | 94

The 1991 Maya is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years, as the aromatics are starting to enter a fully tertiary phase of their development. Sweet tobacco, leather, pine and menthol all linger on the silky, expressive finish. The 1991 isn't the most powerful Maya, but it is among the most refined and polished.

Drink Dates: 2014-2021
Author: Antonio Galloni


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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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