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Dalla Valle Collina 2016

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1 – 2$109.00
3 +$99.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

“Classic” 97 Points
“This oh-so impressive Cabernet blend dazzles with dark fruit and velvety smooth tannins melded together harmoniously for a supremely delicious experience now through the next decade. In fact, the 2016 release is the best Collina bottling we’ve sampled as it reminds us of opulent favorites trading for $200-$300 per bottle. The bouquet boasts captivating aromas of baking cocoa and spices that lead to seductive layers of dark fruit complimented by seamlessly integrated French oak. Intensely satisfying hints of black cherry, blueberry and toffee linger on the scintillating finish. Thanks to an awe-inspiring texture and integration of flavors, this relative bargain may be enjoyed tonight (decant half hour) and merits a 96+ rating now and 97+ over the next decade. Bravo.” - California Wine Advisors

“The 2016 Collina Dalla Valle is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Petit Verdot. This wine is a bold expression of this classic vintage. The first impression is of the wine’s red-black color, impressive density and outright opacity. From the glass it is incredibly effusive, with notes of frankincense, baked blackberries, gunsmoke, and thyme. This complex mélange carries through to the palate, as rich black fruit flavors take hold, along with exotic hints of black licorice and sandalwood. The texture is highly polished, but with a tightly knit structure that holds it all together. This combination of aromatic intensity, well-toned muscle, expansive flavor palate, and silky texture, together take the wine to a high level of hedonistic enjoyment. Collina Dalla Valle is crafted to be enjoyed immediately upon release, but this vintage will most definitely evolve over the years, and age comfortably for several decades to come.” - Dalla Valle Winemaker, Andy Erickson

BACKGROUND
In 1992, Robert Parker opined about Dalla Valle Cabernet: “This tiny producer has burst on the scene with some extraordinary wines. This exceptionally strong effort clearly merits buying as futures given the limited production and surprisingly modest prices” in Wine Advocate #81. For perspective, those “modest” priced bottles originally sold for $40 but now trade at auction for over $1,000. 

We recently visited Naoko Dalla Valle at her spectacular property in the hills of Napa’s legendary Oakville appellation overlooking a cadre of ‘Cult’ Cabernet neighbors including Screaming Eagle, Rudd, etc. Naoko is a charming woman with a keen sense of the value of personal relationships and terroir in the pursuit of crafting one of the most celebrated wines in the world. 

Naoko and her late husband Gustave Dalla Valle planted their vineyard in the mid-1980’s before any so-called ‘Cult’ Cabernets had launched onto the collector scene. Original winemaker Heidi Barrett shared duties at Dalla Valle and Screaming Eagle in the early vintages – not a bad way to spend the day in our opinion! Today, the Screaming Eagle connection remains as current winemaker Andy Erickson (who crafted the 100-point 2007 Screaming Eagle) works closely with Naoko and world-famous wine consultant Michel Rolland. 

Dalla Valle Cabernets have garnered a whopping twelve 98-100 point ratings from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, placing them among the most highly acclaimed Cabernets on Earth over the last 2 decades.
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Kevin Bacons

*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

“Classic” 97 Points
“This oh-so impressive Cabernet blend dazzles with dark fruit and velvety smooth tannins melded together harmoniously for a supremely delicious experience now through the next decade. In fact, the 2016 release is the best Collina bottling we’ve sampled as it reminds us of opulent favorites trading for $200-$300 per bottle. The bouquet boasts captivating aromas of baking cocoa and spices that lead to seductive layers of dark fruit complimented by seamlessly integrated French oak. Intensely satisfying hints of black cherry, blueberry and toffee linger on the scintillating finish. Thanks to an awe-inspiring texture and integration of flavors, this relative bargain may be enjoyed tonight (decant half hour) and merits a 96+ rating now and 97+ over the next decade. Bravo.” - California Wine Advisors

“The 2016 Collina Dalla Valle is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Petit Verdot. This wine is a bold expression of this classic vintage. The first impression is of the wine’s red-black color, impressive density and outright opacity. From the glass it is incredibly effusive, with notes of frankincense, baked blackberries, gunsmoke, and thyme. This complex mélange carries through to the palate, as rich black fruit flavors take hold, along with exotic hints of black licorice and sandalwood. The texture is highly polished, but with a tightly knit structure that holds it all together. This combination of aromatic intensity, well-toned muscle, expansive flavor palate, and silky texture, together take the wine to a high level of hedonistic enjoyment. Collina Dalla Valle is crafted to be enjoyed immediately upon release, but this vintage will most definitely evolve over the years, and age comfortably for several decades to come.” - Dalla Valle Winemaker, Andy Erickson

BACKGROUND
In 1992, Robert Parker opined about Dalla Valle Cabernet: “This tiny producer has burst on the scene with some extraordinary wines. This exceptionally strong effort clearly merits buying as futures given the limited production and surprisingly modest prices” in Wine Advocate #81. For perspective, those “modest” priced bottles originally sold for $40 but now trade at auction for over $1,000. 

We recently visited Naoko Dalla Valle at her spectacular property in the hills of Napa’s legendary Oakville appellation overlooking a cadre of ‘Cult’ Cabernet neighbors including Screaming Eagle, Rudd, etc. Naoko is a charming woman with a keen sense of the value of personal relationships and terroir in the pursuit of crafting one of the most celebrated wines in the world. 

Naoko and her late husband Gustave Dalla Valle planted their vineyard in the mid-1980’s before any so-called ‘Cult’ Cabernets had launched onto the collector scene. Original winemaker Heidi Barrett shared duties at Dalla Valle and Screaming Eagle in the early vintages – not a bad way to spend the day in our opinion! Today, the Screaming Eagle connection remains as current winemaker Andy Erickson (who crafted the 100-point 2007 Screaming Eagle) works closely with Naoko and world-famous wine consultant Michel Rolland. 

Dalla Valle Cabernets have garnered a whopping twelve 98-100 point ratings from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, placing them among the most highly acclaimed Cabernets on Earth over the last 2 decades.



Ratings Sources

RP - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
WS - Wine Spectator
CWA - California Wine Advisors
JS - James Suckling
IWR - International Wine Review

Winery Dalla Valle Vineyards

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AVA

Region Napa Valley