1999 Dalla Valle Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

1999 Dalla Valle Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

1999 Dalla Valle Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

94 pts , 2000
94 pts , 2002
 
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Napa Valley
1999

Napa’s 1999 was a slow-paced, cool growing season with very few heat spikes, which allowed a long hang-time for flavors, sugars, and tannins to come into perfectly balanced ripeness. If growers picked too early, instead of waiting it out in the long, dry Indian summer condition for the grapes to slowly come to maturity, or failed to crop thin and balance fruit loads for the cooler conditions, the vines struggled to get to perfect physiological ripeness, leaving a little flavor on the table and imparting a hard edge to the tannins. The best wines — and there are many outstanding wines in this cool, compact yet powerful vintage — are structured, concentrated, and focused, with the tannins and depth to age for the long haul.

The spring was cool and lingering, followed by a mild summer with a significant hot spell in early July. The weather warmed up again in late September as the harvest was underway. There was very little rainfall from April through October, resulting in concentrated, small berries. The long, cool season kept acids bright and fresh, and there is something to the argument that this was a more “European” styled vintage in the best sense of the term.

Solid, compact, structured wines, with somewhat Bordeaux-like interplay between power, structure, fruit, acidity, and elegance — the best of which should age well for a decade or two at least.

 

Key Dates

May
Scattered showers and hail over Memorial Day Weekend (North Coast)

June
Heavy winds and coldest recorded temperatures to date

July
Lowest accumulated temperature for in a quarter century

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Producer Facts

Winery Name

  • Dalla Valle Vineyards

Web Site

  • http://www.dallavallevineyards.com/

Ownership/Management

  • Naoko Dalla Valle

Wines Made: Maya, Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon and Collina Dalla Valle

Terroir: Naturally low-yielding soils composed primarily of fractured volcanic rock. Excellent drainage and god exposure to sunlight (almost an hour more thatn the vines ofn the valley floor).

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