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Dalla Valle

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2011 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 88

Medium bodied, with dusty tannins and fresh, bright, red berry character, this will probably age, but it probably lacks the stuffing from the best years to develop a lot of complexity.

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2010 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 94

Just a gorgeous style of California Cabernet Sauvignon here. The deep, dark fruits are ripe, sweet, supple textured and fresh. The wine has weight, density, complexity and length. Balanced and already open, while this clearly can age for another decade or 2, if you like young wine, it is not a bad thing to pop a cork.

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2009 Dalla Valle Maya  (Oakville) 96

Powerful, rich, concentrated, yet refined in its texture and tannins, the wine is loaded with sweet, ripe black and red fruits, smoke and truffle. Blending 67% Cabernet Sauvignon with 33% Cabernet Franc, like all the great vintages of Maya, this will be better in 10 years, and even better with 20 years of age.

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Fresh brewed espresso, licorice, black cherry, smoke and herbal notes create the aromatic display. In the mouth, the full bodied, concentrated wine is soft, round and plush, finishing with chocolate covered, black raspberry and cherry sensations.

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2009 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 93

Black and blue fruit, coffee, spice and earthy scents open to a rich, round, sweet, ripe delicious wine that is already a lot of fun to drink.

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2007 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 94

Deep, dark in hue, with licorice, coffee, jammy blackberry and fresh herb notes in the perfume. Thick, rich, polished and pure, the wine ends with layers of lush, polished, dark, jammy berries.

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2005 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 92

The wine was packed with juicy, fresh blackberry, cassis, earth and vanilla notes. Because this is lighter in style than the wines made a few years earlier, while still young, it's quite nice to drink today.

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2005 Dalla Valle Maya  (Oakville) 97

A super wine, with layers of ripe, sweet, lush, juicy black and blue fruits, silky, polished tannins and a round, sensuous, full bodied, opulent finish. Youthful, but already enjoyable.

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2002 Dalla Valle Maya  (Oakville) 98

This is a wine I seldom get to taste anymore. After tasting this wine, I know what I've been missing out on. This is dense. There is so much fruit, ripe, but powerful tannins, energy freshness, complexity of aromas and length, it was hard to believe. And at close to 14, the wine is still young! If I owned a bottle, I'd give it another 3-5 years before popping one.

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2002 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 92

Licorice, earth, blackberry, earth and black currants open this full bodied, ripe, concentrated California Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine finishes with a big, juicy mouthful of spicy cassis.

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2001 Dalla Valle Maya  (Oakville) 96

Dense and intense, this rich, concentrated, youthful blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Cabernet Franc is packed with ripe blackberries, licorice, coffee bean, dark cherry and wet earth. Full bodied and powerful, yet classy and not over the top, this stylish wine can be enjoyed now and for at least another decade or two.

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1997 Dalla Valle Maya  (Oakville) 100

The first bottle was heat damaged tragically. The second bottle more than made up for it with its attention seeking baked cherry, smoke, caramel, thyme, tobacco and herb nose. Silky, full bodied, lush, sweet, ripe and mouth filling, with true intensity of flavor, this could get even better with a few more years of age.

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Black fruit, cassis and a nice touch of oak. Huge wine with immense concentration is made even better with a multi layered, plus texture. An excellent wine produced in a great style.

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1997 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 94

OK, while this is not close to the level of quality found in the sublime Maya, it’s a lot less money! And as you can see, this is super in its right and it’s in the perfect place, if you like fresh, sweet, juicy, ripe fruits, cedar, earth and a blast of cherries in your concentrated, full bodied, deep wine.

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1996 Dalla Valle Maya  (Oakville) 97

Massive, powerful, youthful and dense, yet it's also fresh, long and pretty in its nose and finish. There is great concentration with density of flavor and a strong sense of purity of fruit that really shines.

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1995 Dalla Valle Maya  (Oakville) 95

Smoke, licorice, incense, barbecue, and fresh dark red fruit aromatics open to a silky, polished, sweet, long, fresh, pure, dark cherry finish.

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1994 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 95

Spice box, cassis and blackberry notes in the perfume are followed by a dense, concentrated, smooth, long, wave of fresh, sweet cassis and blackberries that really makes an impression.

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Generous amounts of dense, ripe black fruit in a great style. This is an ager

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1994 Dalla Valle Maya  (Oakville) 97

Beautiful wine in every way. Big, bold, concentrated and balanced, the massive amount of fruit was ripe, complex and sweet. The tannins were polished and the finish was long. Very stylish.

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The nose explodes with flowers, licorice, toast, truffle, cherry, Asian spice and black raspberry aromatics. There is a beautiful sense of purity of fruit revealed in the long, sweet, opulent finish. A lot of expensive California Cabernet Sauvignon wines are not worth the price of the ticket. This one is.

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What more could you ask for in a California wine, or a wine from anywhere? Incredible levels of concentrated ripe dark berries, spice, chocolate, herbs and fennel. Dense and full bodied, this wine is packed and stacked with perfectly ripe fruit.

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1993 Dalla Valle Maya  (Oakville) 91

Not as good as it should have been. This rustic slant and green flavors were too much for this wine.

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1993 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 91

At 20 years of age, this is showing perfectly. Truffle, tobacco, earth and fresh black cherries open with no effort. Soft in texture, medium bodied and open, this is probably drinking at its peak.

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1992 Dalla Valle Maya  (Oakville) 95

Cleary, this is not a wine for everyone. It's extremely ripe, with notes of over ripe fruit, raisins and figs. This is so concentrated, you can eat it, if you prefer your wine with a spoon. This is unique in style and some tasters are going to be blown away by the wine, while others are not going to finish their glass.

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Layers of black fruit seem to last forever. This is a huge, very concentrated wine that continued evolving in the glass. This was a pleasure and a privilege to taste.

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Deep, concentrated, full bodied and tannic. Cassis, blackberry, licorice and earthy scents were easy to locate. The concentrated wine is round, soft and complex.

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1991 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 93

1991 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon is stuffed with black raspberry, tobacco, earth, cassis, espresso and cigar ash. From a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 3% Merlot, this powerful wine has years to go.

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1991 Dalla Valle Maya  (Oakville) 95

Coconut, coffee bean, smoke, licorice, earth and ripe blackberries with dark cherries to round it out, the wine is juicy, rich, ripe and full bodied. Produced in a style that grabs the middle ground between ripe, modernity and classic, there is a lot to like about the wine.

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