- Producer: Dalla Valle Vineyards - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Andy Erickson
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Oakville)
- Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
- Vintage production: c.1,000 cases
- Winery location: Oakville
- Owners: Naoko Dalla Valle
- First vintage: 1986
- Drinking window: 2023-2045
About The Wine
As a growing season, 2018 was sensational. The grapes from the estate vineyard in Oakville developed beautifully all season long, with a slow, steady build in color and aromatics, and a uniform maturing of tannins in the end. The result is a lineup of wines that is distinctive, dense, and highly polished. The rounded edges make the wines accessible in their youth, but the real payoff will come with bottle age, given the massive structure and concentration.
The Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of some of the best blocks that grow on Dalla Valle's estate property. The 2018 vintage, a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, was aged for 22 months in two-thirds new French oak barrels, giving the wine a round, burnished texture and elevated fruit intensity. The vineyards, which sits 500 feet above the valley floor, consistently delivers wines of remarkable intensity, and in a special vintage like 2018, the experience is elevated. This wine will surely age gracefully for many years to come
Dalla Valle Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate comes soaring out of the glass with energetic notions of fresh blackberries, black cherries and cassis plus nuances of dark chocolate, kirsch, cardamom and tilled soil with a fragrant waft of violets. The full-bodied palate is densely packed with perfumed black fruit flavors, supported by firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long with loads of mineral accents."
97+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Jan. 2021)
"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, which always includes a splash of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, is incredible juice and a wine readers should seek out. Showing the quality and style of the vintage beautifully, it offers a captivating bouquet of crème de cassis, unsmoked tobacco, bouquet garni, and violets, with just a touch of foresty, earthy notes in the background. Aged 22 months in barrel (with a small amount in amphora), it’s full-bodied and perfectly balanced, with integrated acidity and a great finish. I love this wine and don't make the mistake of overlooking this while only focusing on the Maya cuvee."
97 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2021)