1994 Dalla Valle Maya

  • 99 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 49145-1994

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  • Vinous | Rating: 95

    A rich, dense wine, the 1994 Maya hits the palate with an exotic melange of dark cherry, smoke, plum, melted road tar and orange zest. This is oneof the more obviously ripe, opulent wines among the early Mayas, but all the elements are in the right place. A decidedly flashy Maya, the 1994 will drink well for another decade or more.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Gorgeous aromas of blackberries and vanilla follow through to a full-bodied palate, with chewy tannins and a ripe fruit finish. Delicious now and still has a long life ahead.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    The 1994 Maya is prodigious. The color is saturated opaque purple. The wine offers up restrained but gorgeously sweet earth, oak, mineral, and black fruit aromas. Full-bodied, with substantial quantities of glycerin and extract, this wine's large-scaled tannin seems to be well-submerged beneath the wine's fabulous layers of fruit. Although more accessible than I would have thought prior to bottling, it is a candidate for 20-30 years of evolution.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Very saturated dark ruby. Superripe but rather unforthcoming aromas of violet, blackberry and shoe polish; this rather inky, dense wine is in the process of shutting down. Remarkably sweet in the middle palate, with a ripe note of chocolate. Deeper-pitched than the '95. Finishes with slightly edgy tannins and superb persistence.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 1999
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating:

    actually preferred it over the harlan. Both fantastic, but the maya had more fruit, more grip, just more. My guess is more life left in this than the harlan, surprisingly...
    Author: MikeA
  • Self | Rating: 85

    Tasted up against some pretty big names of more recent vintage. This is fading. Still some fruit, distinct raisin taste, a little earthy on the finish. Best to drink soon.
    Author: Oenodoc
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 418 bottles owned
  • 136 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 136 collectors)