2006 Dalla Valle - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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2006 Dalla Valle - Cabernet Sauvignon

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International Wine Cellar | 90

($150; includes about 20% cabernet franc) Good medium ruby-red. Medicinal black cherry and licorice flavors are nicely lifted by a violet element. A suave, juicy midweight, with dark fruit, mineral and violet flavors complicated by a hint of truffle. Finishes with dusty tannins that avoid coming off as dry.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Wine Advocate | 88

Less intense aromatically, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits attractive notes of smoky herbs, soil undertones, and red as well as black fruits. While not as concentrated as the 2005, it is a medium-bodied, pleasant effort revealing hard tannins in the finish. It is somewhat of a paradox in that there is a certain softness due to the lower concentration, but the tannins seem firmer. Drink it over the next decade.

Drink Dates: 2008-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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Wine Spectator | 91

Starts rich, smooth and savory, with a medley of tight currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit. Full-bodied, structured and balanced, this gains depth and complexity on the finish, ending with anise and vanilla.

Drink Dates: 2011-2017
Author: James Laube


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Score: 92
Author: BoxsterVino
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/16/2012

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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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