2003 Dalla Valle Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2003 Dalla Valle Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2003 Dalla Valle Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

91 pts
90 pts , 2005
88 pts , 2005
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Napa Valley
2003

A bit of a sleeper vintage, tucked in between the superb 2001, 2002, and 2004 vintages. It wasn’t the easiest of growing seasons, but nevertheless, there are some excellent wines in 2003. Significant rain during the spring kept growers guessing, as they tried to adjust their vineyard management programs to match the conditions, and shatter was a problem. A moderate July was followed by a mid-August period of rain, followed by uneven temperatures that had harvest alternately starting and then stopping as everyone watched the weather and the fruit. Careful canopy management was important, and reading the weather was key to making the right decisions. Overall, summer was below average in terms of temperatures. As the harvest approached, the weather warmed up and dried out, and those who had gotten the canopies and fruit loads right were able to ripen a slightly smaller crop of very good fruit.

The most successful made wines that have been somewhat under the radar, being in the shadow of the other great years surrounding the vintage, and they are worth seeking out as they are relative bargains due to the overall impression of the vintage.

Key Dates

March
Heavy rainfall

June
Cooler temperatures

August
Sporadic rain

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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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  • Full, tannic wines with notes of blackcurrant and cassis

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