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Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Estate 2013

Rating

CWA98

RP

WS

JS

AG

ST

W&S

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.
Flavor Profile

Style

Body

Acidity

Oak

Tannin

Style 2

Velvetty Smooth Texture No

Complex No

Tropical Fruit No

Peach No

Citrus No

Apple No

Pear No

Caramel No

Buttery No

Vanilla Creme No

Honeysuckle No

Minerally No

Floral No

Spicy No

Flinty No

High Residual Sugar No

Good Value

Style

Body

Acidity

Oak

Tannin

Style 2

Velvetty Smooth Texture No

Complex No

Blueberry No

Blackberry No

Raspberry No

Strawberry No

Cherry No

Cranberry No

Licorice No

Cassis No

Espresso No

Toffee No

Leather No

Cedar No

Cigar Box No

Pencil Lead No

Tobacco No

White Truffle No

Cracked Pepper No

Vanilla Creme No

Milk Chocolate No

Dark Chocolate No

Savory No

Gamey No

High Residual Sugar No

Bacon No

Smoke No

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Kevin Bacons

Free ground shipping on 6+ bottles.
Limit 3 bottles

“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

AVA

Region Napa Valley