Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 2016
Jeb Dunnuck
James Suckling
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Wine Spectator
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Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 2016

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The 2016 Maya, a blend of two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and one-third Cabernet Franc from our hillside estate, is a revelation. It starts by pulling you in close, to appreciate the delicate and precise details of the wine, with all the exotic aromas of a Moroccan market coming from the Cabernet Franc, and the dark black fruit tones and crushed rock minerality that defines this part of Oakville. The sensation then expands, like the slow crescendo of a Beethoven symphony, revealing deeper and yet more nuanced layers of complexity. Currant, huckleberry, cocoa, cinnamon, red leaf tobacco and flint are only a few of the notes offered up as the wine is tasted, delivered on a bed of silky, polished tannins. Even as the finish builds to an impressive level of intensity and length, all of the subtleties and intricacies are there to enjoy. Indeed, the strength of this vintage will continue to reveal itself over the course of many years.

100 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate     The 2016 Maya Proprietary Red Wine is blended of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple coloured, it's a little reserved to begin, soon unfurling to reveal the most incredible array of floral and red fruit layers, kirsch, redcurrant jelly, black raspberries, lilacs, red roses and lavender with achingly beautiful wafts of cigar box, pencil lead, camphor, cinnamon stick and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied and with fabulous elegance and poise in the mouth, the palate delivers layer upon layer of perfumed black and red fruits with a very firm, finely grained texture and an epically long, mineral-laced finish. Give this knock-out beauty another 5 years in the cellar and drink it over the next 30+.

100 Points - Jeb Dunnuck     The 2016 Maya offers another level of depth and density and is a truly special, magical wine. A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Cabernet Franc, it boasts off the chart notes of blackcurrants, Asian spices, lead pencil, chocolate, and incense. These all give way to a massively concentrated, rich, and powerful wine that nevertheless stays oh, so seamless, silky and pure, with a finish that goes on for minutes. Utterly profound in every way, this sensational wine hits every high point you could ever set for a glass of wine. it's one of the top 2-3 wines in this report. Hide bottles for 7-8 years and it will keep for 3-4 decades.

99 Points - James Suckling     A ripe and lavish Napa red with currant and dried berry with hints of milk chocolate. Turns to fresh flowers and dry earth. Full body, flavourful with lots of integrity and focus. The polish to the tannins and glorious. 

94 Points - Wine Spectator     Lush and warm in feel, with caressing cassis, plum sauce and cherry puree flavors, infused with subtle smoldering tobacco, black tea and singed apple wood notes. Offers a very fine-grained feel on the finish, where the fruit pumps through nicely. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2020 through 2030.