1995 Dalla Valle - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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1995 Dalla Valle - Cabernet Sauvignon
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International Wine Cellar | 94

Saturated dark ruby. Multidimensional, expressive aromas of cassis, plum, violet, licorice, mint, leather and flowers. Juicy, penetrating fruit given thrust and focus by superb acidity. Really uncanny three-dimensional texture and great flavor intensity. Richness currently kept under wraps by powerful structure. Finishes with firm-edged Medoc-like tannins. Perhaps the classiest bottling to date of this wine.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 81

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Wine Advocate | 92-94

The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits an opaque blue/black/purple color, followed by sweet cassis aromas intermingled with scents of earth, spice, smoke, and grilled meats. This dense, powerful, muscular, concentrated wine provides an enormous mouthfeel. Wineries need more than luck to produce multi-dimensional wines with this concentration, ripeness, sweetness of fruit, and overall intensity and complexity.

Drink Dates: 1996-2016
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 111

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Wine Spectator | 92

Perfumed red currant, cherry, anise and a sort of melted-chocolate aroma. It's firm, tight and concentrated, yet elegant in its own way, with tannins that are in balance and a long, detailed finish that shows off a minerally quality.--1995 California Cabernet retrospective. 2,200 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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Score: 93
Author: ebgreenb
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/22/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2015
When first opened, smelled faintly of menthol and tasted thin and on its way out. 24 hours later, it was completely rejuvenated with nice aroma, classy dark fruit and lively acidity. Definitely long in the tooth, but still drinkable for another 3-4 years.
Score: 90
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/18/2012
Moderate flavor intensity and finish. Evolved and thinning out.
Score: 93
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/21/2011
Drinking very well, plenty of time left. Not quite up to the '94,' but a very good wine.

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Score: 90
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/21/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2012
I think I rated this better before. Is on the backside of its peak. Still a lot of grip to the tannins so it needs to breath. Mellowed out to reveal elegant cab fruit complemented by subtle complexities. Decent length to the finish. Has reached a later "classy" stage.
Score: 95
Author: MikeA
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/19/2009

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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