1998 Dalla Valle Vineyards Maya
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DescriptionDalla Valle Vineyards Maya Red, Napa Valley, USA 1998
ANTONIO GALLONIOne of the biggest revelations in this tasting, the 1998 Maya is drop-dead gorgeous. Expressive aromatics lift from the glass, followed by small red berries, pine, menthol and leather. The 1998 is all about detail. What a wonderful surprise the 1998 Maya has turned out to be. There is also little doubt the 1998, from a poorly regarded vintage, has handled time with far more grace than the 1997.
WINE SPECTATORDark, ripe, rich and intense, with a complex and persistent beam of black cherry, blackberry, currant, anise and sage, turning floral, picking up hints of plum and chocolate. Firmly tannic, so short-term cellaring is advised.
Robert ParkerThe 1998 Maya (500 cases from a blend of 45% Cabernet Franc and 55% Cabernet Sauvignon) is an amazing effort, possessing multiple layers of fruit, sweet tannin, and no herbaceousness, astringency, or thinness. This is an amazing tour de force in winemaking for the vintage. It is loaded, with impeccable balance.