Founded by Naoko and Gustav Dalla Valle in 1982, this namesake estate produces Napa Valley wines from terraced vineyards in Oakville, characterized by marine influences, volcanic soils, and steep slopes. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is concentrated and balanced, rounded out with Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. Dark-hued and rich, the wine is silky and dense, with jammy fruit flavors and notes of chocolate; will age for 10+ years.
Loamy-soiled, north-south valley reaching from the hot springs of Calistoga to the San Francisco Bay. It’s home to world-beating Cabernet Sauvignon, among other wines, and the American answer to Bordeaux.