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2014 Dalla Valle - Cabernet Sauvignon

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
abv 14.2%
  • 88 WA
  • 90 WS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 49144-2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon displays plenty of loamy soil notes, some underbrush, roasted herbs, a dense ruby/purple color, and copious quantities of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit. Drink it over the next 15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Vinous | Rating: 95

    The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is super-refined, polished and articulate, with mid-weight structure and fine overall balance. Readers should expect a somewhat laid-back wine by Dalla Valle's standards. In 2014, the Cabernet Sauvignon is especially aromatic and nuanced. It should drink well with minimal cellaring.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Very tight and structured, making for a chewy entry, yet the stuffing is there amid the loamy earth and crushed rock flavors. This takes its time, but the black licorice and dark berry notes slowly rise to the surface. Best from 2020 through 2032. 1,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
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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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    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

    • 99 bottles owned
    • 24 collectors