Wine of The Week: Dalla Valle 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, 94 Points

Dalla Valle’s nearly iconic Napa vineyard is surprisingly just 15 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. From that they are able to extract excellent fruit and consistently craft excellent wines. Supple and earthy with restrained fruit and a surprising acidity, this 2014 fires on all cylinders.

At first there are soft notes of black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, bing cherry and raspberry. As the wine graces the palate you pick up notes of cedar, wet earth, cocoa, resin and light tobacco smoke. The tannic structure of this wine, the acidity, the balance of fruit and oak, have created a very appealing wine which is both drinkable now, and showing the promise of 15 years aging, or longer.

Aged 22 months in 60 percent new French oak, the 2014 iteration is made of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 24 percent Cabernet Franc and one percent of Petite Verdot. The harmonious melding of all the key ingredients is impressive, as is the tactile experience of drinking it. Yes, this is not a wine you open everyday, but then very few cabernets of this ilk—self-controlled, elegant, even discreet—are ever made.

Score: 94 Points

SRP: $200/ 750ML

What Can I Pair it With? Flame grilled Porterhouse steak; Fennel and rosemary roasted leg of lamb; Oven baked butter-soy garlic glaze.

1,000 cases.


Michael Cervin
Michael Cervin

Michael Cervin is Bonfort's Wine Editor. He is the author of eight books including California Wine County) and he contributes and spirits articles to various publications including Robb Report, Forbes Travel Guides, The Hollywood Reporter, Old Liquors Magazine (Netherlands), The Whiskey Reviewer, The Tasting Panel, Fine Wine & Liquor Magazine (China), Decanter (London), Sommelier Journal,, and many others. He is also professional wine and spirits judge serving at the Taste of Rum Festival in Puerto Rico, The Best of Vinho Verde Awards in Portugal, The Critics Challenge, San Diego Wine & Spirits Challenge, and San Diego Spirits and Cocktail Festival, The Central Cost Wine Competition, The San Francisco International Wine Competition, The California State Fair, and others. He is currently the wine buyer for the Santa Barbara Airport.

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