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Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1996

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
  • WS 94
  • RP 93
  • V 92
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Winemaker Notes

Youthful and surprisingly lively, the 1996 is a pleasing drink. Imbued with a myriad of potpourri spice, cranberry, dusty jasmine and forest floor. This is an expressive wine—pretty and full of charm. Currently quite delightful!

Critical Acclaim

WS 94
Wine Spectator

Still youthful and potent, this is very rich and concentrated, with layers of currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit that's well-defined. This is still quite tannic, yet it's deftly balanced, finishing with a long, persistent finish.

RP 93
The Wine Advocate

The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerful, concentrated, dense ruby/purple-colored wine. Full-bodied and muscular, it exhibits copious quantities of black currant fruit intermixed with blackberries, minerals, cedar, and Chinese black tea-like notes. The tannin is sweet, in a vintage where this component can be slightly coarse.

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V 92
Vinous / Antonio Galloni

Deep ruby. Slightly roasted, inky aromas of dark berries and licorice. Lush and very smooth in the middle palate, but currently a bit dominated by its underlying structure. Hiding more than it showing today. Tannins are substantial but quite velvety for the vintage. Rating: 92+

Dalla Valle

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Dalla Valle, , California
Dalla Valle
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).