95 Points, James Suckling
One of their most gripping and complex Cabernet's with depth and concentration that only comes from a high elevation, small, premier appellation.
Diamond Mountain Vineyard is high above the fog line, the unique mountain vineyard sites provide a variety of nutrient-rich soils, superior exposure to sunlight and evening cooling.
Fermented in small 4-6 ton open top fermenters, with thrice daily pump overs for cap management. Upon finishing fermentation the wine is allowed to rest on its skins for up to a month. Aged in 60% new French oak for 18 months.
Starting with rain during bloom, 2019 transitioned into a steady, slow to warm spring. Temperate throughout the summer, offering only a couple intermittent heat spikes. Average yields and incredible quality with harvest beginning in early August.
Consulting Winemaker: Keith Emerson
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard: Diamond Mountain Vineyard
Appellation: Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley
Aging: Aged in 60% new French oak for 18 months.
TA: 0.55 g/100ml
Inviting aromas of dark red fruit, blood orange and fresh plum on the nose, with undertones of rose petals, cinnamon bun, and gingerbread. Flavors of dark fruit, black olives and blackberries, are followed by hints of moss and savory dried herb.
Aromas of fresh peach, Asian pear, citrus, and honeycomb to delight your senses. The flavors are just as complex with delightful, with hints of Madagascar vanilla, followed by fresh lemon, green apple, wildflower honey, stone fruit, and a touch of lavender. The rich, dense texture is balanced by its juicy acidity, leading to great minerality and a long, satisfying finish.
Quintessential Napa style... Rich and full-bodied, graced with an elegant structure and richly nuanced flavors of blackberries and ripe cherries. A subtle waft of roasted coffee beans and lightly toasted almonds entwines with soft raspberries in a luxuriously long and persistent finish.
Opens with plum, rose hip, blood orange, fresh peach and cherry in the nose, with undertones of laurel and dried orange peel. Flavors of juicy red fruit explode on the palate, and an uplifting freshness carries the mid-palate with a complex and dense tannin structure.