Dalla Valle Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.279 ratings
9.024 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Greg Koslosky

Falling apart prunes , brown sugar not very exciting .

Falling apart prunes , brown sugar not very exciting .

Jul 27th, 2019
Chris Shackelford

An impressive 1997. Still very balanced with some dried berry and herb notes starting to poke through the still vibrant structure.

An impressive 1997. Still very balanced with some dried berry and herb notes starting to poke through the still vibrant structure.

Aug 15th, 2017
Chris Morgan

Sommelier The Oceanaire Seafood Room

9.5

Beautiful nose...violets, blackberry, black cherry, sweet leather, cigar ash, graphite, potting soil. Perfect balance and everlasting finish.

Beautiful nose...violets, blackberry, black cherry, sweet leather, cigar ash, graphite, potting soil. Perfect balance and everlasting finish.

2 people found it helpfulNov 18th, 2014
Kevin Ortzman

Tasted with a '98 Insignia and '98 Araujo. The Dalla Valle was my second of the three. Cherry and prune jam w/ currants and integrated tannins. Good structure (albeit starting to fade) with a medium finish (albeit, close to end of life).

Tasted with a '98 Insignia and '98 Araujo. The Dalla Valle was my second of the three. Cherry and prune jam w/ currants and integrated tannins. Good structure (albeit starting to fade) with a medium finish (albeit, close to end of life).

Feb 24th, 2017
Rafael E. Garcia

Sommelier, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Las Vegas

7.5

Maderized

Maderized

Feb 20th, 2017
Michael Meagher MS

Chairman/Founder Boston Sommelier Society, Beverage Director Cafe Escadrille

9.6

One of the best 1997s I've had in years. Racy acid, exotic spice, turmeric, cumin and tannins still firmly in place

One of the best 1997s I've had in years. Racy acid, exotic spice, turmeric, cumin and tannins still firmly in place

Jul 26th, 2016
Robert Cunningham

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

8.7

Lacking fruit and definition. Don't buy

Lacking fruit and definition. Don't buy

Mar 24th, 2016
Craig Haserot

Founder and Proprietor Sojourn Cellars

9.1

Very nice. Tobacco box and blackberries.

Very nice. Tobacco box and blackberries.

Feb 20th, 2016
Yoon Ha

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

9.2

After 18 years old and still demonstrating abundant fruit. A bit on the spicy and warm side. Let's revisit in 5 years.

After 18 years old and still demonstrating abundant fruit. A bit on the spicy and warm side. Let's revisit in 5 years.

May 28th, 2015
Morgan Harris

Head Sommelier Aureole New York

9.0

So massive and youthful. Imagine The Hulk had been trained as a ballerino. Powerful purple and red fruit. Very ripe, but not pushing into synthetic or port-y aromas. Tannins are still massive. This probably needs another decade to calm down and integrate, but you could drink this on your deathbed. Can't even imagine what the Maya is like in '97. Rating reflects how it's drinking now, not potential, which is significantly higher. Not without pleasure now, but needs a well-marbeled porterhouse.

So massive and youthful. Imagine The Hulk had been trained as a ballerino. Powerful purple and red fruit. Very ripe, but not pushing into synthetic or port-y aromas. Tannins are still massive. This probably needs another decade to calm down and integrate, but you could drink this on your deathbed. Can't even imagine what the Maya is like in '97. Rating reflects how it's drinking now, not potential, which is significantly higher. Not without pleasure now, but needs a well-marbeled porterhouse.

Sep 24th, 2014