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2008 Dalla Valle - Maya

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 96 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 49145-2008
  • Vinous | Rating: 93

    After the 2007, the 2008 Maya comes across as quite bombastic. Black cherry, plum, smoke, new leather and spices all hit the palate in an awkward Maya with more than enough intensity and pure voluptuousness to match its flashy personality. The long and dry season yielded a somewhat obvious, coarse Maya.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    (a 60/40 blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc): Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, blueberry, licorice, violet and graphite on the soil-driven nose. Wonderfully silky and elegant on the palate; dense, lush and concentrated, with superb mouthfilling aromatic character. Terrific fruit intensity here, and already impeccably balanced. Expands and perfumes the mouth on the extremely long, suavely tannic back end. A beauty.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Strikingly complex, rich and creamy, this is impressive for its subtlety and finesse, with a firm yet fleshy core of currant, blackberry, black licorice, graphite and blueberry. Full-bodied, ending with a long, pure, persistent finish.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 2008 Maya boasts an inky/blue/purple color as well as a sumptuous bouquet of blue, black and red fruits, crushed rock, spice box, licorice and subtle wood. Full-bodied, multilayered, pure and deep, this is a striking, seamless wine with flawless balance and great concentration as well as length. Multiple dimensions, incremental richness and a 45-second finish suggest this beauty is one of the top wines of the vintage.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 96

    drinking extremely well in its infancy. Fruity but very elegant, not at all tannic, long finish. Some hints of mint, blueberry. Complex nose.
    Author: PLevensohn
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

  • 345 bottles owned
  • 73 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 73 collectors)