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From Bolgheri to Napa Valley: from the meeting between Ornellaia and Dalla Valle Vineyards comes “DV

A Californian wine with European sensibility: Axel Heinz, director of the Bolgheri-based label, speaking to WineNews
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The Director of Ornellaia, Axel Heinz, and Maya Dalla Valle

Napa Valley and Bolgheri have so much in common: grape varieties, winemaking techniques, peaks of quality that are rare elsewhere. And, in a few months, a wine. It is called “DVO”, and it is the result of a partnership of the highest profile, between Ornellaia, the Bolgheri griffe of the Frescobaldi family, and the Californian Dalla Valle Vineyards. A joint project born from the friendship that, for years, connects Axel Heinz, oenologist and director of Ornellaia, and Maya Dalla Valle, who in 2013 spent a training period at Ornellaia.
“At the base - says Axel Heinz, to WineNews - there is the bond between two great wine families, but also the belief that great wines can be made in any high vocation region of the world, like Napa Valley. The first vintage, 2018, will be released in the second half of the year, at a price to the American public, where most of the 5,000 bottles produced will end up, of 275 euros. We did not want to bind ourselves to a formula related to only one grape variety, in this case it is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (85%) and Cabernet Franc (15%), aged in barriques, adopting the style of Ornellaia. The result, of course, will be that of a great Napa Valley wine”.
And here is the focal point. “The objective - resumes the director of Ornellaia - is not to make an Italian wine in California, but a Californian wine with a European sensibility. Besides, with the Dalla Valle family, of Italian origin, there is great harmony, especially in the cellar, where we work in a very similar way. It is an embryonic project, which is taking its first steps, but we have every intention to make it solid. Also because we have already received many requests, which will be impossible to fulfill, but the will is to commercialize it everywhere. It will not be a wine produced in large volumes, but it will be an important project, which I have followed and will follow personally, despite the difficulty of being present during the harvest, which in Napa Valley and Bolgheri is practically contemporary ...”.

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