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2000 Dalla Valle - Cabernet Sauvignon

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 90 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 49144-2000-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($100) Good full ruby-red. Aromas of blackcurrant, violet, bitter chocolate, shoe polish and menthol. Juicy, slightly dry-edged flavors similar to the aromas. A bit dominated today by chocolatey oak. In a distinctly tougher style and firmly tannic today, but juicy on the back.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2003
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    A wonderful display of fruit purity, with floral, plum, grapey currant and black cherry fruit that's well-focused and supported by firm tannins. Finishes with a push of blackberry and lead pencil. Rich and concentrated while remaining elegant and refined. 2,500 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Rating: 90

    The dark ruby/purple-colored, medium-bodied, stylish 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon offers sweet, loamy, earthy notes along with pure cassis, licorice, and spice box. It is best consumed over the next decade.
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: tiberite
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 91

    An open and forward nose of chalky cassis and anise. Plenty of wood on the palate with slightly elevated acids and moderate tannins.
    Drink Dates: 2006-2010
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Big black fruit flavor. Medium comlexity. A bit of sharp trannins on the finish.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2017
    Author: Walter Z
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Deep ruby with a cassis/cooked cherry nose. Rich on the palate with loads of fruit and tannin. Well balanced with a lingering aftertaste. the wine has sufficient fruit and acidity to age well.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2022
    Author: Charles M71
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Good wine, nothing to write home about. After about 1.5 hours open, it started really showing, but still something a little lacking. Maybe a bit old?
    Author: Charley
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Harmonious and balanced, showing nice black currant and other core Cab qualities, this was a shoe-in for a steak pairing. Still quite rich, with dark plummy accents, any oak was fully integrated, and it still hadn't developed much secondary flavors.
    Drink Dates: 2004-2012
    Author: Duffwine
  • Self | Rating:

    Original Note - 13.5% alc
    Author: Lulu SF
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    This was another bottle that confirmed in my mind how underrated 2000 really was. Much more elegant than most anything from 01 or 02 I can recall. Delicious
    Author: MikeA
  • Self | Rating:

    Very nice drinking
    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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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

  • 1200 bottles owned
  • 229 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 229 collectors)