2011 Dalla Valle - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

Bright ruby-red. Enticing aromas and flavors of red- and blackcurrant, minerals, licorice and nutty oak. Tactile, chewy and deep, with captivating sweetness perfectly leavened by superb acidity. Remarkably dense and layered for 2011. Finishes very long and concentrated, with lively acidity and firm but suave tannins. This wine has turned out beautifully.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 174

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Offers a rich, focused core of blackberry and dark berry fruit, shaded by light mocha, herb, cedar and cigar box notes. Ends with a long, pure, persistent finish and mildly gripping tannins.

Drink Dates: 2014-2023
Author: James Laube


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is the most drinkable and precocious of this trio. It offers hints of baking spices, bouquet garni, red and black currants and loamy soil. An endearing, charming, round, savory effort, this lovely 2011 is slightly more herbaceous than its siblings, nor does it possesses the size and substance of either the 2009 or 2010. Drink it during its first decade of life.

Drink Dates: 2013-2023
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 209

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: David Mize
Tasted On: 04/12/2015
Drink Dates: 2015

Average rating: 90, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

168 bottles owned by 31 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.

See other similar producers: Opus One, Dominus Estate, Harlan Estate

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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