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2005 Dalla Valle - Maya 750ml
2005 Dalla Valle - Maya
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Proprietary Blend
2005 Dalla Valle - Maya
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 138

($200; 65% cabernet sauvignon and 35% cab franc) Deep ruby-red. Brooding aromas of bitter cherry, licorice and minerals, with the wine's classic floral perfume in the background. Then lush, sweet and seamless if a bit medicinal and backward today. Conveys an impression of serious thickness without weight. With aeration, the wine's floral character came through. Still a bit youthfully grapey, with the big, broad tannins calling for a good eight to ten years of cellaring. An impressive return for Maya, which was not made in 2003 and 2004. This is the last vintage to include some of the estate's oldest cabernet franc vines, dating back to the mid-'80s. Phylloxera exacerbated by leaf roll virus and oak root fungus has required wholesale replanting of vines here in recent years. Total production of the estate's two red wines in 2005 was just 700 cases, vs. 4,500 in the early '90s.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 180

The gorgeous 2005 Maya, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (35%) and Cabernet Franc (65%), displays an inky/ruby/purple color in addition to sweet aromas of camphor, incense, blue and blackberries, cedar, and assorted spices. This full-bodied, extraordinarily elegant, pure, rich wine needs another 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for two decades or more.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Wonderful ripeness, focus, purity of flavor and balance, serving up a mix of ripe cherry, currant, plum and blackberry fruit that's supple and elegant, slowly revealing subtle flavor nuances and ending with ripe, integrated tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

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tiberite Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 07/07/2010 Site Blog: mac_h

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