Dalla Valle Vineyards Maya 1997


SKU C085


Pure Maya! Sweet, ripe fruit. Full round mouth feel. Big massive, muscular wine and still a bit closed. Pronounced fruit. Mineral components. Austere. Lots of sophistication. Less acid. More oak. Excellent tannin management.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Dalla Valle Vineyards
  • wa99

Wine AdvocateClose to perfection, the saturated blue/black-colored 1997 Maya exhibits complex aromatics of creme de cassis, smoke, spice box, iron, and espresso. The wine has a viscous texture, huge, concentrated, ripe fruit, remarkable body, and a seamless, multi-layered finish. The tannin, acidity, and alcohol are all beautifully integrated. This is profound stuff! Anticipated maturity: 2005-2030.

Robert Parker, December 2000
  • st95+

International Wine CellarSaturated full ruby. Explosive aromas of blackberry, black cherry, bitter chocolate, camphor, black licorice and violet. Extremely dense and thick without being heavy. Superb flavor intensity and depth. The thoroughly ripe tannins coat the entire palate. The slow-mounting, extremely long finish offers wonderful grip and vibrancy. A great vintage for Maya.

Stephen Tanzer, May 2000
  • ws86

Wine Spectatorntense and tannic, with a dry, leathery streak to the currant, mint, sage and berry notes. Tight and firm, it hasn't softened much or gained much complexity. Yet it's not tired. Tannins are the big issue.

James Laube, 2008