- Producer: Dalla Valle Vineyards - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Andy Erickson
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Oakville)
- Blend: 50% Cabernet Franc, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot
- Vintage production: 500 cases
- Winery location: Oakville
- Owners: Naoko Dalla Valle
- First vintage: 2010
- Drinking window: 2022-2037
About The Wine
The 2019 Collina is a harmonising blend of the three varietals farmed on the estate; the tension and precision of Cabernet Sauvignon, perfume and spices of Cabernet Franc, and the billowing mid palate textures of Petit Verdot.
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.
While the 2018 vintage may have been a tough act to follow, the 2019s standout as another classic, idyllic Napa Valley vintage to remember. A milestone into the history at Dalla Valle was made in 2019 as they dove into the world of Biodynamic farming. Their deep love and connection to this land was inspiration to begin this journey, and Dalla Valle have not looked back since. The elements of energy and vibrancy show in the 2019 vintage. A cool winter and mild rainy spring replenished the vines and provided them with the energy to sustain the heat of summer and perfectly ripen in the fall.
Dalla Valle Vineyards Collina Dalla Valle 2019
"The base 2019 Collina was originally made from the younger vines of the estate, yet those vines aren’t so young anymore, and this easily stands alone as a brilliant Bordeaux blend. Black cherries, currants, leafy herbs, and subtle floral notes all define the bouquet, and it’s darker, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully balanced on the palate. It’s undeniably delicious and perfect for drinking over the coming 10-15 years."
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Mar. 2022)