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.