The 2016 Collina Dalla Valle is rich and pliant, not to mention insanely delicious. Graphite, spice, cedar and red plum overtones infuse the 2016 with striking complexity and layers of dimension. The Collina is such a gorgeous and expressive wine. It is also one of the very best deals in high-end artisanal Cabernet.
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 hedonistic enjoyment. 57% cabernet sauvignon, 39% cabernet franc, 5% petite verdot.