2001 Dalla Valle - Maya 750ml

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2001 Dalla Valle - Maya

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International Wine Cellar | 95

($185) Bright ruby. Superripe, deep aromas of cassis, black plum, black cherry, bitter chocolate, espresso and violet; more perfumed today than the Napa bottling. Then very ripe, broad and seamless, with the violety cabernet franc character giving life to the middle palate. Vibrant and complex but still quite youthfully unevolved. Expands subtly and impressively on the back half, finishing with firm, refined tannins and sappy berry flavors. This really dances on the palate.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Wine Advocate | 98

Even more prodigious is the 2001 Maya, a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Cabernet Franc. A modern day legend, it boasts complex notes of cedarwood, sauteed porcini mushrooms, camphor, graphite, creme de cassis, kirsch and forest floor. The heavenly aromas are followed by a broad, deep, full-bodied, opaque purple-colored wine with a full-bodied mouthfeel and moderately high tannins. Still a baby at age 10, it needs another 4-5 years of cellaring and should age effortlessly for 30-40 years thereafter. This is a modern day classic!

Drink Dates: 2015-2055
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 195

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Wine Spectator | 88

Still very tight and tannic. Bordeaux-like in its structure and mix of dark berry, cedar, graphite and tobacco, ending with chewy tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. 2001 California Cabernet blind retrospective (June 2011). Drink now through 2016. 300 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2011-2016
Author: James Laube


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Score: 93
Author: jm-jm
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 03/08/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2015
Garnet in color. Slow legs. berry spicy pungent aroma and flavor. Medium/Full bodied. Linear texture. Medium finish. I think its always a unique experience when one gets to drink a maya. 2001 is not one of my favorite vintages for them. I think the wine would have benefited greatly from longer decanting.
Score: 92
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 03/04/2009
Score: 91
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2014-2020+
Deep red colored wine with moderately pigmented legs. Fleeting aromas of chlorine, traces of game and leather, baker?s chocolate, oak, and cherry ? the wine shut down hard after a few hours of airing. Excellent acidity but the tannins while reasonably supple are quite strong. Good mouthfeel with taut fruit. An austere Maya that needs a decade in the cellar to develop. Only appreciable right now as an intellectual exercise.

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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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