- Producer: Dalla Valle Vineyards - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Andy Erickson
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Oakville)
- Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc
- Vintage production: 1,000 cases
- Winery location: Oakville
- Owners: Naoko Dalla Valle
- First vintage: 1986
- Drinking window: 2019-2044
About The Wine
With 2015 being the driest year on record in California at the time, the estate vineyard showed its grit and tenacity, gliding through the summer with low vigor canopies and a small but balanced crop load. By mid-season everyone knew it was going to be an early harvest, and indeed it was: the team was finished by the second week in September. The crew was ready and worked diligently to carefully hand harvest and sort the fruit. Colour and tannin extracted easily, and very quickly they had some eye-opening wines in the barrel—dark, aromatic, fresh, and very limited in quantity.
This wine is a powerhouse. The low yields in the vineyard translated into great concentration, tannic structure, and fruit purity. From the glass rise aromas of black fruits, white chocolate, caramel, truffles, and roasted meat. On the palate, the wine is rock solid, packed with fruit and complexity. But, despite its mass, the wine has a narrow, laser-like focus, with ample acid and tannin, and as it unfolds in the glass, more layers emerge: wet slate, matchstick, gravel, and kirsch. It will surely broaden and be burnished with age. It is muscular but balanced and generous, attributes that bode well for its age ability.
Dalla Valle Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
"Inky purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate leaps from the glass with youthful, exuberant red and black currants notes over scents of garrigue, cedar, violets, rose hip, iron ore, dusty earth and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, finely constructed and with bags of finesse, it sports a solid line of very fine-grained tannins and impressive earth-inspired layers, finishing with great persistence. This was tasted as a barrel sample."
94-96 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Oct. 2017)
"The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon includes slightly less Cabernet than normal and is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc. It has loads of cassis and black raspberry fruits as well as gorgeous incense, dried violets, vanilla, and flowery spice overtones. About as seamless as it gets, with full body and present yet sweet tannins, it’s a beautiful, elegant wine from this remarkable site sitting above Oakville."
95 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2019)