1998 Dalla Valle - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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1998 Dalla Valle - Cabernet Sauvignon
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International Wine Cellar | 91

Ruby-red. Ripe aromas of cassis, currant, shoe polish, loam and graphite. Supple, juicy and harmonious, with noteworthy sweetness and inner-mouth florals for the year. Finishes with smooth, ripe tannins and excellent length. This has turned out very well. An extremely impressive '98.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Wine Advocate | 93

The spectacular, full-bodied 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon (2,000 cases from a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc) possesses great character, richness, and black currant fruit intermixed with licorice, tobacco, and smoke. While not as opulent as some vintages, it is exceptionally concentrated, long, and reminiscent of a ripe Bordeaux from a top vintage.

Drink Dates: 2002-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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Wine Spectator | 91

Well-proportioned, with a mix of generous plum, black cherry and blackberry fruit, anise, sage and cedar. The texture is supple and polished, with a long, complex finish. 2,300 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2001-2008
Author: James Laube


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Score: 88
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 09/09/2013
better bottle
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Author: fred2288
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 12/20/2012
Drink Dates:
Drank beautifully. Wide open.
Score: 92
Author: Kip S
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 02/05/2009
Drinking beautifully. Great fruit, nice balance, good tannins, still has another 5-7 good years.

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More Vintages and Sizes of Dalla Valle - Cabernet Sauvignon:

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2005 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)
1999 (750ml)
1997 (750ml)

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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