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History

Dalla Valle Vineyards is a small, family-owned winery that was founded in 1986 by Gustav and Naoko Dalla Valle. The winery and vineyards are located on a plateau 400 feet above the valley floor, in the eastern hills of Oakville, Napa Valley. The combination of perfect sun exposure and the cooling marine influence from the Pacific Ocean make this an ideal site for world class winegrowing. Dalla Valle has reached an admirable level of acceptance in the last decade and produces some of the most sought out Cabernet Sauvignon and proprietary red wine in California. Wines made from Dalla Valle Vineyards are pure unbridled expressions of fruit at its most powerful and concentrated. These wines are of immense stature and richness with well-integrated tannin and acidity.

 

Since Gustav and Naoko Dalla Valle purchased the property in 1982 and began planting vines, this exceptional acreage has continually distinguished itself as the ideal site for producing some of the world’s finest wines, thanks to the perfect convergence of lingering sunlight, cooling marine influence and red volcanic soil.

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Vineyards

The trio of estate wines produced by Dalla Valle Vineyards originates in specific vineyard blocks, imbuing each with a unique sense of place. The Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon, Maya and Collina Dalla Valle are all blended, in varying amounts, from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grown on the property.

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Winemaking

As dictated by naturally low-yielding soils composed primarily of fractured volcanic rock, Dalla Valle Vineyards keeps fruit production tightly controlled. Rootstocks have been carefully chosen for compatibility with the estate’s terroir, excellent drainage and ideal exposure to sunlight—a full hour more than vines on the valley floor enjoy. The combination of these elements enables Dalla Valle to produce fruit of unique quality and highly sought-after wines in very limited quantities.

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Naoko Dalla Valle

Founder and Proprietor

Originally from Kobe, Japan, where her ancestors were Sake makers, Naoko and her husband Gustav shared a vision to produce world-renown Grand cru wines. Since Gustav’s death in 1995, Naoko has continued to realize that vision as sole proprietor of the couple’s Oakville estate, assisted by a formidable team of hand-picked experts. Under her inspired direction, Dalla Valle Vineyards maintains the strictest of standards and continues to scale the heights of quality.
 

Andy Erickson
Winemaker

Andy has been instrumental in crafting some of Napa Valley’s very finest wines. As a fervent believer in terroir, his chief concern at Dalla Valle is to understand and maximize the unique qualities that allow this vineyard to produce truly special and authentic wines. He engages in every aspect of the process, from grape growing to bottling, working in tandem with Naoko and her team to maintain focus and strive for the pinnacle of quality.
 

 

Michel Rolland
Consulting Enologist

Highly regarded and widely influential in his native France and throughout the wine world, Michel brings his keen understanding of both the vineyard and the cellar, his gifts as a master blender and an intrinsic comprehension of terroir to winemaking at Dalla Valle Vineyards. He is on site at critical stages in the process: during harvest, for the creation of the master blend and to confirm the final blend, always working in close collaboration with Naoko.

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 Zhenzhen Fu, Pro (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Dalla Valle . In a tasting of  12 wines 

Tasted some of the greates Napa Valley wines. Surprisingly the best one for me was Bevan Cellars Sugarloaf Mountain 2012 / Thick, opaque, ruby colour with enormous viscosity. Huge nose! Powerful, spicy and surprisingly vegetal with nutmeg and Asian spicy aromas. The full-bodied palate surprises again with moderately high acidity. Big chewy tannins are forming solid backbone to intense dark fruitiness. Spices, licorice, nutmeg and cacao with bitter chocolate flavours are all well pronounced in mineral finish. Big wine with no flabbiness thanks to delightful minerality. Drinking well now but will keep still for decades. 97 points

17d 16h ago

 Igor Sill, Wine Maker (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Dalla Valle . In a tasting of  9 wines 

It took me some time to assemble my list of the very best Cabernet Sauvignon and red blends I’ve ever tasted over these past 8 years. To relive those memorable tasting experiences over the span of those years was hauntingly unforgettable. I assess a wine’s quality based on its coloration and purity, complexity and balance, aromatic flavors along with the memory of its long finish after the glass is emptied.  I hope you appreciate my “top ten best wines ever” list as I had fun retrieving these great memories along with the very special folks and occasions I shared those memories with. Here are my top 10 best ever red wines:

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Dalla Valle . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Last evening was a real " Voyage autour du monde" along with the top 24 wines that wine countries can offer, and there was only four of us enjoying them...Unfortunately, quite a lot of bottles remained half empty, but not the Petrus 2003, Cheval Blanc 1947, Screaming Eagle 1999, Pingus 1995, Haut-Brion Blanc 1995, Lafleur 1996 etc.

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 Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Dalla Valle . In a tasting of  27 wines 

A Taste of Greatness -tasting with perfect wines like Martha's Vineyards 1974, Harlan 1994, Sassicaia 1985, Pingus 1995, Yquem 1899 etc.

5m 29d ago

 Fernando Pessoa, Pro (Spain)  tasted  1 wines  from  Dalla Valle . In a tasting of  11 wines 

On April 22 Antonio Galloni and Vinous hosted 2010 Napa Valley: An Epic Vintage at the NoMad Rooftop, one of the most striking locations in New York City.

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 Robert Langer, Wine Collector (Germany)  tasted  5 wines  from  Dalla Valle . In a tasting of  28 wines 

“Napa Tasting with 5 vintages (1994-1998) Bryant, Abreu, Colgin, Maya and Harlan.”

1y 4m ago

 Li Yong Liú, Wine Dealer (China)  tasted  2 wines  from  Dalla Valle . In a tasting of  29 wines 

“Harlan Estate 1997 -perfect 100 points: Good looking normal size bottle in perfect condition with by the neck level. Colour is ruby red and deep. On the nose it is intense, open, fresh, refined, complex and charming. The taste is harmonious, focused, ripe, vivid, with silky tannins, full-bodied, with perfectly balanced, complex, good texture and concentrated structure. On the palate it is layered and has blackberry, honey, leather, licorice, meaty, mineral, herbs, earthy, dried-fruit, toasty, truffles and tobacco flavours. The finish is endless, lingering and flavorful. This wine is transparent, intelligent and masterpiece. I paid around 3k$ a bottle. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 2h before tasting. Good value for money.”

1y 4m ago

 Michel Jamais, Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  2 wines  from  Dalla Valle . In a tasting of  10 wines 

“Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve vertical 1996-2005.
It’s always something special to drink the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from Mondavi Winery. Most often the wine is delicious, but there is also the emotion of drinking a wine that in many ways changed the direction of the Californian wine culture. Robert Mondavi always believed that the wines from Napa Valley could play with the best in the world, and his never ending hard work and ambition later on proved to be right.
This reserve is always a blend of grapes and vineyard sources, but the majority of the grapes (normally 70-75 percent) comes from the oldest and best vines in the well known To-Kalon Vineyard that surrounds the winery in Oakville. The balance comes from slightly cooler vineyard sites in Stags Leap District, as well as from other small vineyard lots in Oakville and Carneros. The blend varies, but on average it consists of 85-90 percent Cabernet Sauvignon plus Cabernet Franc and small portions of Merlot and Petit Verdot.
Since the grapes are harvested at a moderate (and wise) ripeness of 24-25 Brix, the wine will never be too ripe, sweet and overly alcoholic. On the contrary, this is always a very elegant and classic wine, as young of course with a dense and dark fruit. With age, it improves to a classic!
After a strict selection of grapes, a light crush and a few days of cold soak, the grape must is fermented during 9-10 days with remontage 3-4 times per day. The cuvaison may stretch from 30 to 50 days in total, and that’s also one of the reasons for the fine structure. Only new French oak barrels are used for malolactic fermentation and the 18 to 20 months long ageing.”

1y 5m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Dalla Valle . In a tasting of  25 wines 

“We started out with a magnum of 1979 Deutz Cuvee William Deutz, courtesy of THE Cellar, as a matter of fact. It was a fantastic magnum, absolutely delicious, toasty and creamy. Its nose was light yet meaty and had superb musk. The finish was long and dry, elegant and stylish. There was still nice richness and great bubbles to this excellent bubbly. Mark admired its ‘toasty and yeasty’ qualities as well, and Michael found it ‘very fine.’ It flirted with being outstanding but ultimately fell a hair short, but this was still a delicious bubbly!”

1y 7m ago

 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Dalla Valle . In a tasting of  35 wines 

“Tasted some of the greatest Napa wines.”

2y 4m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Dalla Valle . In a tasting of  25 wines 

“Napa 2007 Vintage / The harvest season was exceptionally long, mild and dry. Thanks to the dryness and warmth, the spring growing season started a week earlier than normal. The rainfall for the year was low: only sixty per cent of normal. By withholding the rain, Mother Nature ensured that the vines did not grow too much, and she also made sure the grape’s phenols had the ideal amount of ripening time.

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