More Vintages and Sizes of Dalla Valle - Cabernet Sauvignon:
International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84
Deep ruby. Slightly roasted, inky aromas of dark berries and licorice. Lush and very smooth in the middle palate, but currently a bit dominated by its underlying structure. Hiding more than it showing today. Tannins are substantial but quite velvety for the vintage.
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Author: Robert Parker
The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerful, concentrated, dense ruby/purple-colored wine. Full-bodied and muscular, it exhibits copious quantities of black currant fruit intermixed with blackberries, minerals, cedar, and Chinese black tea-like notes. The tannin is sweet, in a vintage where this component can be slightly coarse. It can be drunk now or aged for 25 years.
Author: James Laube
Still youthful and potent, this is very rich and concentrated, with layers of currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit that's well-defined. This is still quite tannic, yet it's deftly balanced, finishing with a long, persistent finish. Easily the best of four bottles tasted.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective.
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/31/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2014
Still youthful and potent, this is very rich and concentrated, with layers of currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit that's well-defined. This is still quite tannic, yet it's deftly balanced, finishing with a long, persistent finish. Easily the best of four bottles tasted.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2014
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 10/08/2011
Good bottle. Still dark ruby with amber edges. Balanced tannin, moderate fruit and finish.
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/07/2010
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Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 04/03/2009
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/12/2009
Drink Dates: 2000-2009
Dates/fig/dried black currant and a bit of vinegar in the reduced nose. Some astringency. Nice structure but no finish.
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