2008 Dalla Valle - Maya 750ml

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2008 Dalla Valle - Maya
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Reviews For This Wine


 
International Wine Cellar | 95

(a 60/40 blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc): Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, blueberry, licorice, violet and graphite on the soil-driven nose. Wonderfully silky and elegant on the palate; dense, lush and concentrated, with superb mouthfilling aromatic character. Terrific fruit intensity here, and already impeccably balanced. Expands and perfumes the mouth on the extremely long, suavely tannic back end. A beauty.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Advocate | 96

The 2008 Maya boasts an inky/blue/purple color as well as a sumptuous bouquet of blue, black and red fruits, crushed rock, spice box, licorice and subtle wood. Full-bodied, multilayered, pure and deep, this is a striking, seamless wine with flawless balance and great concentration as well as length. Multiple dimensions, incremental richness and a 45-second finish suggest this beauty is one of the top wines of the vintage.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 192

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Wine Spectator | 95

Strikingly complex, rich and creamy, this is impressive for its subtlety and finesse, with a firm yet fleshy core of currant, blackberry, black licorice, graphite and blueberry. Full-bodied, ending with a long, pure, persistent finish.

Drink Dates: 2011-2022
Author: James Laube


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Score: 96
Author: PLevensohn
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 05/15/2013
Drink Dates:
drinking extremely well in its infancy. Fruity but very elegant, not at all tannic, long finish. Some hints of mint, blueberry. Complex nose.

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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