2005 Dalla Valle Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon emerges from the red soils of the eastern foothills of Oakville. The wine has gorgeously pure blackberry and cassis fruit with a touch of underlying earth and spice box, medium to full-bodied flavors, and seamless integration of acidity, wood, alcohol and tannin. Once again, it provides a gorgeous freshness, precision and stunning youthfulness, despite being ten years of age. (RP)
Combines ripe, intense, complex fruit flavors, with touches of wild berry, black cherry, currant and spice, with a rich, fleshy texture, ending with a long, full-blown and persistent finish, returning to the spice, herb and berry flavors. (JL)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium ruby. Highly complex aromas and flavors of cassis, blackberry, violet, truffle and licorice, with complicating hints of mocha, iron and game. Plush, fine-grained and sweet; a wonderfully showy wine with a pliant texture and excellent depth. This smooth, ripe wine has the spine of acidity and tannins to age gracefully. Finishes sweet and long, with velvety tannins spreading out to saturate the entire mouth.