Dalla Valle Vineyards overlooks the Napa Valley floor from a hillside terrace, 400 feet above the Silverado Trail in Oakville. Since Gustav and Naoko Dalla Valle purchased the property in 1982 and began planting vines, this exceptional acreage has continually distinguished itself as an ideal site for producing some of the world’s finest wines. The convergence of lingering sunlight, cooling marine influence, red volcanic soil, low yielding vineyards and fastidious attention to detail mean that the wines age very well.
The top wine is named after their daughter Maya, composed of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. The newest addition to the Dalla Valle stable is Collina; made to be enjoyed upon release from the fruit of the estate’s young vines.
2012 Dalla Valle Collina
This newest offering from Dalla Valle is a compelling testament to what Dalla Valle’s hillside blocks are capable of producing. 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. 2012 was a spectacular vintage in Napa Valley, with mild temperatures, very little precipitation, and an Indian summer that lasted until late October. The fruit on the Dalla Valle estate ripened beautifully, allowing us to harvest over several weeks with optimum flavour, aromatics, and tannin. The 2012 Collina Dalla Valle, produced mainly from younger vines on the estate, highlights the delicacy, precision, and richness of the vintage.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
The first vintage, produced in 1986, established this wine as an instant Napa Valley classic. Select Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc and aged in no greater than 60% new French oak. For close to three decades, this standard-bearer has consistently shown impressive structure and velvety berry flavours.
This jewel in the crown originates in the remarkable vineyard that shares its name. A proprietary blend aged in primarily new French oak, Maya showcases the site’s exceptional Cabernet Franc; it is graceful and alluring with an unmistakable pedigree. Fewer than 500 cases are produced each year.