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Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Estate 2013

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Price: $225.00

 
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“Classic” 97 points
"A staggering bouquet of blueberries, white flowers, crème de cassis, and graphite is followed by an opulent, abundantly satisfying Cabernet that is seamless. Monumental fruit intensity, purity and depth of character make this one of the great, great classics of the vintage. Prominent flavors of dark plums, blackberry, olive tapenade combine with hints of dark cocoa on the profound finish. This wine can be approached now, but it is nowhere near full maturity, and should evolve for at least another 7 - 10+ years. Bravo!" - California Wine Advisors for Andrew Harper (September, 2016)

Winery Background & Tasting Notes: 
In 1992, Robert Parker opined about Dalla Valle Cabernet: “This tiny producer has burst on the scene with some extraordinary wines. This exceptionally strong effort clearly merits buying as futures given the limited production and surprisingly modest prices” in Wine Advocate #81. For perspective, those “modest” priced bottles originally sold for $40 but now trade at auction for over $500! I recently visited Naoko Dalla Valle at her spectacular property in the hills of Napa’s legendary Oakville appellation overlooking a cadre of ‘Cult’ Cabernet neighbors including Screaming Eagle, Rudd, etc. Naoko is a charming woman with a keen sense of the value of personal relationships and terroir in the pursuit of crafting one of the most celebrated wines in the world. Naoko and her late husband Gustave Dalla Valle planted their vineyard in the mid-1980’s before any so-called ‘Cult’ Cabernets had launched onto the collector scene. Original winemaker Heidi Barrett shared duties at Dalla Valle and Screaming Eagle in the early vintages {not a bad way to spend the day in my opinion!}. Today, the Screaming Eagle connection remains as current winemaker Andy Erickson (crafted the 100 point 2007 Screaming Eagle) works closely with Naoko and world-famous wine consultant Michel Rolland. Dalla Valle Cabernets have garnered a whopping twelve 98 – 100 point ratings from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, placing them among the most highly acclaimed Cabernets on Earth over the last 2 decades.
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Free ground shipping on 6+ bottles.
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“Classic” 97 points
"A staggering bouquet of blueberries, white flowers, crème de cassis, and graphite is followed by an opulent, abundantly satisfying Cabernet that is seamless. Monumental fruit intensity, purity and depth of character make this one of the great, great classics of the vintage. Prominent flavors of dark plums, blackberry, olive tapenade combine with hints of dark cocoa on the profound finish. This wine can be approached now, but it is nowhere near full maturity, and should evolve for at least another 7 - 10+ years. Bravo!" - California Wine Advisors for Andrew Harper (September, 2016)

Winery Background & Tasting Notes: 
In 1992, Robert Parker opined about Dalla Valle Cabernet: “This tiny producer has burst on the scene with some extraordinary wines. This exceptionally strong effort clearly merits buying as futures given the limited production and surprisingly modest prices” in Wine Advocate #81. For perspective, those “modest” priced bottles originally sold for $40 but now trade at auction for over $500! I recently visited Naoko Dalla Valle at her spectacular property in the hills of Napa’s legendary Oakville appellation overlooking a cadre of ‘Cult’ Cabernet neighbors including Screaming Eagle, Rudd, etc. Naoko is a charming woman with a keen sense of the value of personal relationships and terroir in the pursuit of crafting one of the most celebrated wines in the world. Naoko and her late husband Gustave Dalla Valle planted their vineyard in the mid-1980’s before any so-called ‘Cult’ Cabernets had launched onto the collector scene. Original winemaker Heidi Barrett shared duties at Dalla Valle and Screaming Eagle in the early vintages {not a bad way to spend the day in my opinion!}. Today, the Screaming Eagle connection remains as current winemaker Andy Erickson (crafted the 100 point 2007 Screaming Eagle) works closely with Naoko and world-famous wine consultant Michel Rolland. Dalla Valle Cabernets have garnered a whopping twelve 98 – 100 point ratings from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, placing them among the most highly acclaimed Cabernets on Earth over the last 2 decades.

Winery Dalla Valle Vineyards

Vineyard Designate

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Region Napa Valley