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1998 Dalla Valle - Cabernet Sauvignon

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 93 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 49144-1998-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Ruby-red. Ripe aromas of cassis, currant, shoe polish, loam and graphite. Supple, juicy and harmonious, with noteworthy sweetness and inner-mouth florals for the year. Finishes with smooth, ripe tannins and excellent length. This has turned out very well. An extremely impressive '98.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2001
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The spectacular, full-bodied 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon (2,000 cases from a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc) possesses great character, richness, and black currant fruit intermixed with licorice, tobacco, and smoke. While not as opulent as some vintages, it is exceptionally concentrated, long, and reminiscent of a ripe Bordeaux from a top vintage.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Well-proportioned, with a mix of generous plum, black cherry and blackberry fruit, anise, sage and cedar. The texture is supple and polished, with a long, complex finish. 2,300 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Drink Dates: 2002-2018
    Author: Jason R
  • Self | Rating: 88

    better bottle
    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating:

    Drank beautifully. Wide open.
    Author: fred2288
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drinking beautifully. Great fruit, nice balance, good tannins, still has another 5-7 good years.
    Author: Kip S
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Herbal nose reflective of vintage. Great palate. Drink it if you've got it
    Drink Dates: 2002-2017
    Author: Brewcreu
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.

See other similar producers:Opus One,Dominus Estate,Harlan Estate

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

  • 864 bottles owned
  • 176 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 176 collectors)