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1996 Dalla Valle Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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About Dalla Valle Vineyards

Dalla Valle Vineyards was the project of husband and wife duo Gustav and Naoko Dalla Valle. The couple founded Dalla Valle in 1986, in the eastern hills of Oakville, a site which benefits from extended sun exposure and cooling gusts from the pacific. Sadly, Gustav passed away in 1995, leaving Naoko to continue their venture herself.

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1996 Dalla Valle Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Producer: Dalla Valle Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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94-97 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 1998

Deep ruby-red. Floral aromas of blueberry and shoe polish; the 12% cabernet franc component is quite noticeable today. Velvety and sweet in the mouth, but lively acidity gives the fruit excellent delineation. Lovely depth of texture. Tannins are remarkably supple and ripe. Potentially the strongest Napa Valley bottling to date from this winery.

95 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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