1996 Dalla Valle - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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WS 94   WA 93   IWC 92(+?)   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Still youthful and potent, this is very rich and concentrated, with layers of currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit that's well-defined. This is still quite tannic, yet it's deftly balanced, finishing with a long, persistent finish. Easily the best of four bottles tasted.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective.

Drink Dates: 2007-2014
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerful, concentrated, dense ruby/purple-colored wine. Full-bodied and muscular, it exhibits copious quantities of black currant fruit intermixed with blackberries, minerals, cedar, and Chinese black tea-like notes. The tannin is sweet, in a vintage where this component can be slightly coarse. It can be drunk now or aged for 25 years.

Drink Dates: 2000-2025
Author: Robert Parker


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

Deep ruby. Slightly roasted, inky aromas of dark berries and licorice. Lush and very smooth in the middle palate, but currently a bit dominated by its underlying structure. Hiding more than it showing today. Tannins are substantial but quite velvety for the vintage.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: JLANDAULA
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 08/31/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2014
Still youthful and potent, this is very rich and concentrated, with layers of currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit that's well-defined. This is still quite tannic, yet it's deftly balanced, finishing with a long, persistent finish. Easily the best of four bottles tasted.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2014

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Rating: 93
Author: Litig8tr
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/04/2015
Still holding up well. It has some cedar and must on the nose, but not in the taste. Dark and complex, with the tannins just rolling into form. I can't imagine what this was like when it was young!

Rating: 93
Author: Jkbergmann
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 04/03/2009

Rating: 93
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/07/2010
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Rating: 92
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/08/2011
Good bottle. Still dark ruby with amber edges. Balanced tannin, moderate fruit and finish.

Average rating: 93, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1154 bottles owned by 362 collectors.

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About This Producer


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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Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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