Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1998
Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
This wine has a deep, opaque black/purple color. Intense floral characters of violets and jasmine, along with blackcurrant, high-toned mint, and sandalwood aromas, can be attributed to the exceptional Cabernet Franc (45%) in '98. There are also jammy raspberries, dried cherries, forest floor, cedar, caramel, and dark chocolate. Aromatics are mirrored in the flavors in the mouth, along with an earthy, mineral tone. The chewy, sappy texture lingers with the long length of flavors.
"The 1998 Maya is an amazing effort, possessing multiple layers of fruit, sweet tannin, and no herbaceousness, astringency, or thinness. This is an amazing tour de force in winemaking for the vintage. It is loaded, with impeccable balance."
The Wine Advocate
"Deep ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of black cherry, blueberry, licorice, shoe polish and violet. Extremely primary and dense, with lively flavors of cassis, licorice, violet and shoe polish. Finishes with very fine tannins, and persistent, slow-building flavors. Not yet open in the middle palate, but there nothing about this wine to suggest that it's from a mediocre year. Indeed, notes winemaker Mia Klein, the cabernet franc, which comprises 45% of the blend, was strong in 1998.
International Wine Cellar
"Intense and dark-colored, with deeply concentrated currant, anise, pencil lead and cedary oak flavors. Continues to reveal exceptional depth and concentration, with a long, fruity finish and firm tannins."
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In 1983, Gustav and Naoko Dalla Valle began planting vines on the hillside of Oakville, overlooking Napa valley. Their vineyards produce excellent quality grapes, resulting in wines of great intensity, complexity and balance. Gustav passed away in 1995 and Naoko Dalla Valle continues the legacy of Dalla Valle wines. Dalla Valle Vineyards produces three wines: Maya (55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Cabernet Franc), Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Pietre Rosse (100% Sangiovese).
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