63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Cabernet Franc, this is another exquisite blend from Estate vineyards in the eastern hills of Oakville. Raspberry, thyme, rosemary, and frankincense aromas lift from the glass before settling and weaving into complex patterns on the palate. Precise red fruit character joins vanilla, clove and campfire in a cozy, blanket of flavor. Youthful energy and bold structure speak to a vintage that could easily see two decades of development in the right cellar.
Naoko Dalla Valle’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc vines, astride terra rossa soils high above the Silverado Trail in Oakville, are the stuff of myth. With a tantalizingly small amount of wine made, nearly all of their production is sold direct to their mailing list. Thankfully Bounty Hunter has been on board from the beginning, and each year we obtain a small parcel to offer you, including the rare and occasionally “perfect” Maya.
The 2017 Maya is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Cabernet Franc and was bottled one week before I tasted it. Very deep purple-black in color, it opens with profound earthy notions of truffles, damp soil, crushed rocks and tar over a core of Black Forest cake, black raspberries, blueberry compote and aged meat plus touches of wilted roses and unsmoked cigars. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is solidly structured with firm, fine-grained tannins and wonderful freshness lifting the multilayered blue and black fruits with a long, perfumed finish. Stunning.