dalla valle, cabernet sauvignon, napa valley 2015
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
96
JEB DUNNUCK
95

2015 dalla valle, cabernet sauvignon, napa valley

Why We're Buying

Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon doesn't get the attention it deserves. That's even though it has an ultra-ripe body with plush tannins, intoxicating aromas, and a lengthy finish. After trying the 2017 vintage, wine critic Jeb Dunnuck wrote, "This cuvée is too often underrated and I think it's one of the most classy, balanced, high quality Cabernets coming from the valley."

Critics Scores

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Inky purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate leaps from the glass with youthful, exuberant red and black currants notes over scents of garrigue, cedar, violets, rose hip, iron ore, dusty earth and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, finely constructed and with bags of finesse, it sports a solid line of very fine-grained tannins and impressive earth-inspired layers, finishing with great persistence. This was tasted as a barrel sample. (94-96)

JEB DUNNUCK
95

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon includes slightly less Cabernet than normal and is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc. It has loads of cassis and black raspberry fruits as well as gorgeous incense, dried violets, vanilla, and flowery spice overtones. About as seamless as it gets, with full body and present yet sweet tannins, it’s a beautiful, elegant wine from this remarkable site sitting above Oakville.

JAMES SUCKLING
95

James Suckling

This is a layered and beautiful red with fantastic depth and richness. Full body, velvety tannins and a long and incredible finish. A wine that combines freshness and depth for the vintage. Fantastic. Drink or hold.

WINE SPECTATOR
93

Wine Spectator

This is dark and structured in style, with a strong graphite spine and a robust loamy edge throughout, while steeped currant and blackberry paste flavors form the core. Lots of tobacco, grilled savory and roasted cedar notes flow throughout. This is youthfully backward, displaying heft for now, but with a well of fruit in reserve for the longer haul. Best from 2020 through 2034.