2007 Dalla Valle - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

A gorgeous young wine that combines firm, focused currant, blackberry, spice, tobacco, earth and black licorice. Supple, subtle and layered, with the flavors reverberating on the long, detailed finish.

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: James Laube


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

One would have to go back a decade to find a Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon as strong as the 2007. Sweet black currant fruit intermixed with unsmoked, high class cigar tobacco, creosote, herbs, and licorice are found in the complex aromatic profile. In the mouth, the sweetness of the tannin, and the exuberance of the pure red and black fruits gently touched by oak and herbs are admirable. This deep, lush, full-bodied wine should drink nicely for 15+ years.

Drink Dates: 2009-2024
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 186

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($150) Full ruby-red. Expressive aromas of boysenberry, licorice and flowers complicated by a whiff of torrefaction. Juicy and fruit-driven, with lovely inner-mouth aromatic character and definition to the flavors of dark berries, violet and licorice. The floral quality carries through to the firmly tannic finish. The lowest-ever production for this bottling at 270 cases. Give this at least a few years to expand.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 150

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Average rating: 94, based on 3 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

165 bottles owned by 37 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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