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1997 Dalla Valle - Maya

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 99 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 49145-1997-750-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    Close to perfection, the saturated blue/black-colored 1997 Maya exhibits complex aromatics of creme de cassis, smoke, spice box, iron, and espresso. The wine has a viscous texture, huge, concentrated, ripe fruit, remarkable body, and a seamless, multi-layered finish. The tannin, acidity, and alcohol are all beautifully integrated. This is profound stuff!
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Dark ruby. Intense aromas of blackberries and cut wood, with hints of nuts. Full-bodied, chewy and tannic. Slightly austere finish. Still needs time to mellow.
    Author: James Suckling
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Saturated full ruby. Explosive aromas of blackberry, black cherry, bitter chocolate, camphor, black licorice and violet. Extremely dense and thick without being heavy. Superb flavor intensity and depth. The thoroughly ripe tannins coat the entire palate. The slow-mounting, extremely long finish offers wonderful grip and vibrancy. A great vintage for Maya.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2000
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: G
  • Self | Rating:

    excellent.
    Author: Peter B
  • Self | Rating:

    Opened beautifully. Great color and taste - A magnificent wine
    Author: fred2288
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

  • 611 bottles owned
  • 163 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 99
    (Out of 163 collectors)