Dalla Valle Vineyards Maya 1994
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Wine AdvocateThe 1994 Maya is prodigious. The color is saturated opaque purple. The wine offers up restrained but gorgeously sweet earth, oak, mineral, and black fruit aromas. Full-bodied, with substantial quantities of glycerin and extract, this wine's large-scaled tannin seems to be well-submerged beneath the wine's fabulous layers of fruit. Although more accessible than I would have thought prior to bottling, it is a candidate for 20-30 years of evolution.
International Wine CellarVery saturated dark ruby. Superripe but rather unforthcoming aromas of violet, blackberry and shoe polish; this rather inky, dense wine is in the process of shutting down. Remarkably sweet in the middle palate, with a ripe note of chocolate. Deeper-pitched than the '95. Finishes with slightly edgy tannins and superb persistence.
Wine SpectatorA dark, immense and firmly tannic youngster, with a distinct pencil lead, leather and gravelly fresh earth flavor that wholly dominates the taste and texture. This is a profoundly concentrated and potent wine with just a little too much leather.--California Cabernet '74/'84/'94 retrospective. Drink now through 2010. 480 cases made.