Coming on the heels of a prolonged multi-year drought, the 2016 growing
season was defined by near-ideal conditions. Rain in March and early April
allowed the vines to start the spring with ample moisture in the soil,
making for healthy canopies and balanced vines. A dry, mild summer, with
only one short heat event, helped the fruit ripen with deep color, intense
aromatics, and ample natural acidity. Harvesting in September and early
October allowed us to produce wines with remarkable depth, energy, and
varietal typicity. Some are commenting that the quality of the wines is
perhaps on par with the much-heralded 2013 vintage.
The 2016 Collina Dalla Valle is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39%
Cabernet Franc, and 9% Petit Verdot with 24.5% of the fruit coming from
Oakville Ranch. This wine is a bold expression of this classic vintage. The
first impression is of the wine’s red-black color, impressive density and
outright opacity. From the glass it is incredibly effusive, with notes of
frankincense, baked blackberries, gunsmoke, and thyme. This complex
mélange carries through to the palate, as rich black fruit flavors take hold,
along with exotic hints of black licorice and sandalwood. The texture is
highly polished, but with a tightly knit structure that holds it all together.
This combination of aromatic intensity, well-toned muscle, expansive
flavor palate, and silky texture, together take the wine to a high level of
Collina Dalla Valle is crafted to be enjoyed immediately upon release, but
this vintage will most definitely evolve over the years, and age comfortably
for several decades to come.
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