Red

1996 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
Drink between 2004 - 2020 (Edit)
CT92.8 119 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 93

  • Minnesota wrote: (86 points)

    February 27, 2017 - Concur with Dream's comments. Decanting helped softened the rough tannin edges but only to a degree. Past its prime. Will be interesting an contrast to 1995 when we drink that vintage.

  • dream wrote: (87 points)

    December 5, 2016 - Beautiful nose with notes of eucalyptus, cassis and dill. A really lovely silky texture with the Cab Franc really showing up in the flavors of green tobacco, dill, mint and still a bit of black fruit. The finish though is where this wine goes off-track as it is excessively dry and short with a vegetal component to go along with the jammy cassis. Something has always been off about the '96 in my opinion as compared to the great wines made here in the surrounding vintages of '95 and '97 as I find the tannins a bit astringent and overly vegetal. I am also thoroughly convinced that these mid-90's vintages are now past their best and need to be drunk soon. Purchased on release from the mailing list. 87-

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  • djdaqm Likes this wine: (92 points)

    October 14, 2016 - Decanted 30 minutes and drank over next 2 hours. Lots of life left to continue aging. Nicely balanced wine with typical Napa profile. Good concentration and acidity, with tannins still holding. Some secondary flavors, although I didn't find them as compelling as an aged Bordeaux. Overall for such a good vintage and producer I was left somewhat disappointed despite this being a well made wine.

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  • Nanda wrote: (94 points)

    September 30, 2016 - Served blind. An impressive showing, very Bordeaux like. The full nose has plum, cherry, cigar ash and tobacco leaf. Palate is youthful with sweet cherry fruit and minerals. In a prime drinking window at 20 years old.

  • Diane (LI) wrote:

    September 17, 2016 - A stunner. Dark fruit, tobacco, and a finish that keeps going. So much life left that it saddens me that this is my last bottle. A perfectly grilled 24 oz. Rib steak elevated the enjoyment factor.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/17/2010 (link) 93 points

    (Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon) Very dark red violet color; reticent, tart black fruit, herbal nose; refined, focused, berry, herbal, tart black fruit, chocolate palate; medium-plus finish (my #3 of the flight, group's #7 of 8)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Dalla Valle
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oakville

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  • Pending Delivery 15 (1%)
  • In Cellars 995 (63%)
  • Consumed 578 (36%)

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