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1994 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 94 WA
  • 94 WS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 49144-1994-750-3A

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Impressive for its richness, depth and concentration, this is a tightly wound, well-focused Cabernet that exhibits a wonderful pure core of currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit that's remarkably youthful. For all its depth and complexity, it ends up being elegant and sophisticated.--California Cabernet '74/'84/'94 retrospective. 2,800 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Rating: 94

    The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon, which I have drunk with great pleasure despite its backwardness, possesses a full-bodied, multi-layered personality, with plenty of tannin, but sufficient earthy, black currant/plum-like fruit to balance out the wine's structure. With an opaque purple color, a high tannin level, and gorgeous layers of fruit and intensity, it will be at its peak after 4-6 years of cellaring, and will last for 20-25 years. I don't think I need to reinforce the fact that these offerings are extremely difficult to find, but isn't that the way it always is with such extraordinary wines?
  • Self | Rating: 100

    HEY Jito72!! Can you please edit and correct your date tasted on this wine (9/16/2914) so that we all don't need to see your review at the top of recent Community Tasting Notes for the remaider of our (and our 1000+ generations hereafter) lives??? Thank you kindly...
    Drink Dates: 1750-2200
    Author: Greg
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Not as the level the group expected but not a bad wine only its expensive for the level of experience satisfying.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2012
    Author: Jito72
  • Self | Rating: 94

    This is actually the 1995 I drank, not the 1994. A delicious, well-balanced and nicely complex mature cab. Needed time in the glass to open up. Flavors of sweet blackberry, black cherry and sour cherry on the front of the palate. Notes of lead pencil, menthol and leather emerge on the mid-palate adding complexity. Finely grained tannins are well-integrated. Lengthy, flavorful yet subtle finish. Very enjoyable.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2020
    Author: StuTarheel
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Very durable cab. Still dark with moderate intensity and slightly sweet fruit. Tannins still a bit hard. Expect this would last another 10 years but will not improve.
    Author: Johnnymd
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1030 bottles owned
  • 230 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 230 collectors)