2001 Dalla Valle "Maya" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Even more prodigious is the 2001 Maya, a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Cabernet Franc. A modern day legend, it boasts complex notes of cedarwood, sauteed porcini mushrooms, camphor, graphite, creme de cassis, kirsch and forest floor. The heavenly aromas are followed by a broad, deep, full-bodied, opaque purple-colored wine with a full-bodied mouthfeel and moderately high tannins. Still a baby at age 10, it needs another 4-5 years of cellaring and should age effortlessly for 30-40 years thereafter. This is a modern day classic!
The 2001 Maya brings together many of the best elements of this site in a typical expression of the year. Black cherry, plum, smoke and tobacco all flesh out in a super-inviting wine with superb depth and tons of structure. The firm tannins will reward at least another decade of cellaring, although the super-ripe, opulent fruit is incredibly appealing today. The full-bodied, brooding finish is not lacking in either intensity or depth.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. Superripe, deep aromas of cassis, black plum, black cherry, bitter chocolate, espresso and violet; more perfumed today than the Napa bottling. Then very ripe, broad and seamless, with the violety cabernet franc character giving life to the middle palate. Vibrant and complex but still quite youthfully unevolved. Expands subtly and impressively on the back half, finishing with firm, refined tannins and sappy berry flavors. This really dances on the palate.