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2012 Dalla Valle - Maya

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
abv 15.8%
  • 98 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 97 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 49145-2012
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97

    (a 60/40 blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc): Bright ruby-red. Ineffable nose combines iron-like loamy nuances, currant, flowers, licorice and minerals. The powerfully concentrated palate offers an uncanny combination of silky texture and floral energy, with a sappy quality giving it outstanding delineation and grip. This spectacular young Maya saturates every square millimeter of the palate, finishing with rich, noble tannins and great verve. A classic in the making.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    Dalla Valle was the first winery to demonstrate what heights Cabernet Franc could reach in the valley with their Maya proprietary blend, which averages 50-55% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 Maya is a spectacular offering. I recently had the 1991 (made by Tony Soter) and it is still drinking exceptionally well. In fact, it could still be called an adolescent at 23 years of age. The 2012 Maya is already revealing great complexity with notes of forest floor, licorice, truffles, red and blackcurrants and a hint of graphite. The beautiful aromatics are followed by an equally majestic, full-bodied, multidimensional wine of great class and elegance. This sensational effort should drink well for 25-30 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Offers pure, rich blackberry, wild berry, currant and cassis flavors, all creating a harmonious mix. The texture is supple and easy before the tannins become more evident. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2017-2037
    Author: Gallo Boy
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

  • 299 bottles owned
  • 55 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 55 collectors)