In 1982 Gustav and Naoko Dalla Valle purchased a property 400 feet above the Silverado Trail in Oakville and began planting Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc vines, driven by a conviction that this was the ideal site for producing some of the world’s finest wines. A conviction that has proven justified.
Dalla Valle Vineyards keep fruit production tightly controlled with soils that are naturally low yielding, composed primarily of fractured volcanic rock. Rootstocks have been carefully chosen for compatibility with the estate’s terroir. The vines enjoy optimal exposure to sunlight (in excess of 1 hour more than vines on the valley floor). The combination of these elements enables Dalla Valle to produce fruit of unique quality in very limited quantities, and consequently, highly sought-after wines.
Blended mainly from the fruit of the estate’s young vines, Collina, which means “hill” in Italian, is intended to be enjoyed upon release—although, like all Dalla Valle wines, it will continue to evolve for a decade or longer.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
In its youth, the wine is showing notes of mocha, cassis, black cherry, clay, and smoke. On the palate the fruit and spices are very generous, even at this stage, and these flavors crescendo on the finish, with ample acidity helping lengthen the impression. It is a classic vintage.