2002 Dalla Valle - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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2002 Dalla Valle - Cabernet Sauvignon
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International Wine Cellar | 90

($100) Bright red-ruby. Cool aromas of blueberry, violet and bitter chocolate. Sweet but cool in the mouth, with brooding flavors of dark berries, dark chocolate and mint. Offers an enticing sweetness but comes across as a bit youthfully unyielding today. Finishes with dusty, slightly clenched tannins. In a distinctly cool style. This will require five or six years for the tannins to soften.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Advocate | 97

The sensational 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc from the red soils of their vineyards planted in the Oakville Corridor on the eastern hillsides overlooking the valley floor vineyards of Screaming Eagle and Rudd Estate. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by aromas and flavors reminiscent of a 4-to-5 year-old wine rather than one that has already hit a decade of age. In fact, it probably needs another 5-10 years of cellaring and should keep for 20-25 more years. It is another example of what will one day be regarded as the 'golden ageâ?� of Napa Valley for the progress in quality and the world class wines that were produced. A wine of great stature and majesty, the youthful 2002 exhibits sweet licorice, creme de cassis, incense and graphite aromas, and is bursting with potential.

Drink Dates: 2017-2042
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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Wine Spectator | 94

A tremendous wine...rich, intense and powerful, yet exhibiting wonderful balance and finesse, with a tightly wound core of earthy currant, blackberry, mineral, lead pencil and cedary oak. Despite its considerable size and density, the flavors gush through on the finish and the structure is excellent. 900 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2014
Author: James Laube


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Score: 92
Author: Charles M71
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/14/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2020
Classic Cabernet nose of cooked cherries and spices. Color is stillan intense ruby with no signs of aging. Well balanced palate with fruit holding tannins in check. Lingering after taste. Great wine for Colorado Lamb!
Score: 91
Author: Serl Z
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/09/2009
Drink Dates: 2008-2016
tasted after the Arietta, H block so it may have suffered from the comparison. a very good wine, with similar dark berry fruit and chocolate flavors but the flavors wer not as well integrated; more subdued and muted than the Arietta. may benefit from a little more cellar time.
More Vintages and Sizes of Dalla Valle - Cabernet Sauvignon:

2010 (750ml)
2005 (750ml)
2004 (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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