Coming on the heels of a prolonged multi-year drought, the 2016 growing season was defined by near-ideal conditions with early reviews saying that wines from 2016 are some of the most compelling of the last decade and the depth and intensity of the fruit from Dalla Valle’s rugged hillside reached even higher heights. Winemaker Andy Erickson and his team’s careful handling of the grapes, both in the vineyard and in the winery, paid off, as the Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and showy, with a degree of aromatic complexity and effusiveness that is the hallmark of their unique terroir. Immediately upon decanting, the glass is filled with fruit and floral aromas—fresh-cut cherries, blackberries, blueberry pie, and orange blossom—along with earthier elements of dark roast coffee, wet slate, and underbrush. On the palate the wine is powerful, long, and tightly woven, delivering waves of flavor and texture that linger for nearly a full minute. 97 Points, Wine Advocate.