2012 Dalla Valle "Maya" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Dalla Valle was the first winery to demonstrate what heights Cabernet Franc could reach in the valley with their Maya proprietary blend, which averages 50-55% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 Maya is a spectacular offering. I recently had the 1991 (made by Tony Soter) and it is still drinking exceptionally well. In fact, it could still be called an adolescent at 23 years of age. The 2012 Maya is already revealing great complexity with notes of forest floor, licorice, truffles, red and blackcurrants and a hint of graphite. The beautiful aromatics are followed by an equally majestic, full-bodied, multidimensional wine of great class and elegance. This sensational effort should drink well for 25-30 years. (RP)
The 2012 Maya is surprisingly deep and powerful in this vintage, with none of the early appeal of the estate's other 2012s. Today, the Maya is dark and brooding, with tons of intensity to match its massive, virile personality. Readers will have to be patient, but the 2012 is a special wine that much is clear. 98+ (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Ineffable nose combines iron-like loamy nuances, currant, flowers, licorice and minerals. The powerfully concentrated palate offers an uncanny combination of silky texture and floral energy, with a sappy quality giving it outstanding delineation and grip. This spectacular young Maya saturates every square millimeter of the palate, finishing with rich, noble tannins and great verve. A classic in the making. (ST)
A gorgeous and generous wine with blackberry, cedar and flower petal character. Full body, firm and silky tannins. A beautiful red with so much finesse and style. Drink or hold.
Offers pure, rich blackberry, wild berry, currant and cassis flavors, all creating a harmonious mix. The texture is supple and easy before the tannins become more evident. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.