Early 90s Dalla Valle Maya Wines including 100 pointer

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Early 90s Dalla Valle Maya Wines including 100 pointer

#1 Post by Tom K. » May 5th, 2019, 8:37 pm

DM or email tom AT winesolutions.com for more details. These are from a pristine cellar that we have had several gems from recently.

6 - 1992 Dalla Valle Maya - OWC - $598/btl *
2 - 1991 Dalla Valle Maya Magnum - $800 **
6 - 1993 Dalla Valle Maya - OWC - $298/btl ***
1 - 1993 Dalla Valle Maya Magnum - Wood - $598 ***

* 1992 Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red 6 pack OWC- 100 Pts
The awesome 1992 Maya is performing better than the 1991 did at a similar stage. It reveals a saturated purple color as well as an intense fragrance of black-raspberries cassis flowers and minerals. The wine possesses great fruit superb density wonderful purity and balance and a compelling extra dimension both aromatically and texturally. It is destined to be one of California's legendary wines.

With only 2,000 cases made, I can't imagine there is that much left of the 1991....

** 1991 Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red - 99 Pts
The 1991 Maya made from equal proportions of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon has developed incredibly since I tasted it nearly a year ago and rated it 94. The wine is black/purple-colored and offers up a compelling bouquet of flowers minerals black fruits vanilla and spices. There is huge extraction of fruit full body outstanding purity and balance moderate tannin and a tremendous layered feel on the palate. All of this intensity and richness is brilliantly pulled off without any sense of heaviness. I can understand wanting to drink this wine immediately as it is an extraordinarily impressive young wine but it should be given another 4-6 years of cellaring it is a candidate for 25 years of aging. It is also a strong candidate for a three-digit score in a few years. This is a winemaking tour de force! Dalla Valle has propelled itself into the top echelon of California Cabernet Sauvignon and proprietary red wines. The owners Gustave and Naoko Dalla Valle are admirably supported by winemaker Heidi Barrett the wife of winemaker/proprietor Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena. This team is producing awesomely concentrated wines from their 25-acre hillside vineyard overlooking the Napa Valley floor. There is no secret to their success. The wines are made from fully ripened fruit and are neither excessively processed nor handled. There are only 2000 cases of the Cabernet Sauvignon. The microscopic production of Dalla Valle's proprietary red wine Maya named after the proprietors' daughter usually contains between 45-55% Cabernet Franc. I am not overstating the case by saying that the finest Cabernet Franc I have tasted in the New World is from Dalla Valle's vineyard.

*** 1993 Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red - 98 Pts
The Maya Proprietary red wine is usually a blend of 45% Cabernet Franc and 55% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 1993 Maya is awesome. The opaque purple color accompanies a bouquet of stony, jammy cassis, roasted herbs, and smoky, meaty scents that are just beginning to unfold and soar from the glass. The wine possesses unbelievable concentration, powerful tannin, and a finish that lasts for 45+ seconds. It is an extraordinarily well-endowed and well-balanced wine that requires 5-7 years of cellaring. It will age effortlessly through the first 25 years of the next century. The 1993s and 1994s are in bottle, and the 1993s, which were released several months ago, are disappearing before any bottles hit the retail shelf. Readers who could neither afford nor find the Cabernet Sauvignon or Maya Proprietary Red, will have to wait another ten months for the release of the 1994s. Production at Dalla Valle has dropped, largely because of the phylloxera damage to the vineyard, and the consequent replanting. For example, the production in 1993 was 40% less than that in 1992. The quantities of wine in 1994 will be equally small. Not until the late nineties is production expected to return to its former level.
Tom Kobylarz
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