1994 Dalla Valle Vineyards Maya Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley

1994 Dalla Valle Vineyards Maya Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley

1994 Dalla Valle Vineyards Maya Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley

99 pts
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Napa Valley
1994

The 1994 vintage was the type of year California winemakers would take every time if they could — a long, mild growing season nearly free of extremes of temperature or rainfall. The good conditions resulted in beautiful, ripe, and powerful wines with superb concentration, depth, richness, and balance. Twenty years on, the best are still in their prime.

One of the only minor concerns was during a period of hot weather in early August that caused some uneven clusters at veraison, but the problem was solved by careful crop-thinning to remove them. As harvest approached, beautiful Indian summer conditions settled in, prolonging hang-times and allowing the grapes to achieve fantastic levels of physiological ripeness. A tremendous year of classic, powerful yet balanced wines that have stood the test of time.

Key Dates

March
Bud break off to a late start, but days were sunny and dry

May
Snowstorm hit North Coast late in the month, and hail in Napa Valley; no damage, because flowering had not occurred yet

September
Heavy rains (Carneros and Central Coast)

August
A two-week period of hot weather at the beginning of August created some uneven coloration during veraison, and growers compensated by thinning fruit to allow only the best grapes to reach maturation

About

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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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