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2012 Dalla Valle - Cabernet Sauvignon

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 94 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 49144-2012-750-0
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Bright red-ruby. Reticent but complex cabernet aromas of dark berries and minerals. Sweet, dense and sappy; not particularly showy today but boasts outstanding energy to its currant and mineral flavors. Most impressive today on the superb resounding finish, which features substantial smooth tannins and outstanding lift.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Centered on pure, firm, dense blackberry and wild berry flavors, shaded by spicy, cedary oak. Ample underlying tannins give this a drying sensation.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (virtually all Cabernet Sauvignon) exhibits rich blackcurrant, forest floor, unsmoked cigar tobacco, and hints of licorice and new barriques. Dominated by its fruit, this full-bodied, plush, opulent wine is a seamless, classic example of hillside Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It can be drunk early, but should age effortlessly for two decades or more.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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

    • 249 bottles owned
    • 50 collectors