• Producer: Dalla Valle Vineyards - read about the Estate
  • Winemaker: Andy Erickson
  • Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Oakville)
  • Blend: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petite Verdot
  • Vintage production: 700 cases
  • Winery location: Oakville
  • Owners: Naoko Dalla Valle
  • First vintage: 2010
  • Drinking window: 2020-2030+


About The Wine


The Collina 2018 is a lesson in balance and precision. A blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Cabernet Franc, and and 6% Petit Verdot, the wine has an aromatic fine focus on the fundamentals: black fruits, cedar, vanilla bean and flint. It completely overdelivers, showing the strength of the hillside terroir.


This offering, typically crafted from the younger vines on the property, seems to have been elevated by this stellar vintage. Tannins are fine grained but present, and the mid-palate is silky, generous, and long, with flavors of blueberry, black cherry, and dark chocolate. It is certainly a vivid look at this wonderful vintage at Dalla Valle.


As a growing season, 2018 was sensational. The grapes from the Estate vineyard 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.


Dalla Valle Vineyards Collina Dalla Valle 2018

  • "Always a red blend, the 2018 Collina is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Petit Verdot. This cuvée is always made in a more up-front, fresh, drinkable style compared to the Cabernet Sauvignon and Maya. Rich, mouth-coating currant, dark chocolate, dried herb, and graphite notes all emerge from this beauty, which is full-bodied and has a ripe, sexy texture, great tannins, and just an undeniably delicious style."

    94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2021)


    "The 2018 Collina Dalla Valle is a flat out gorgeous wine. Racy and sumptuous to the core, the 2018 captures all of the natural radiance of this eastern sector of Oakville. Soft contours and silky tannins make the 2018 an absolute delight to taste today. Readers will have a very hard time finding a Napa Valley wine that delivers this much sheer pleasure for the money."

    93 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous, Jan. 2021)