Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Harry Hansen
Sweet oak joins sweet tobacco, notes of bitter dark chocolate and contrasting mocha. Balanced and well-structured with a lingering finish and hints of oak spice.

92+ points - Wine Advocate

“Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 19 months in 66% new French oak, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain is deep garnet-purple colored and sings of crushed blackcurrants and blueberries with hints of sautéed herbs, beef dripping, black olives and tilled soil. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and chewy with loads of dark fruits and earthy layers and an herbal lift to the finish. 300 cases produced.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 2018

Tasting Notes

Notably  deep  in  color,  with  aromas  and  flavors  of  intense  black  fruit  led  by  black  cherry,  blackberries  and  wild  mountain  boysenberry.  Elegant,  polished  tannins  with  a silky, full mouthfeel. Sweet oak joins sweet tobacco, notes of bitter dark chocolate and contrasting mocha.  Balanced and well structured with a lingering finish and hints of oak spice. 

Vineyard Notes

This  vintage  is  principally  sourced  from  Diamond  Mountain  Ranch  and  the  Peterson  Vineyard, both in the Mayacamas Mountain range west of Napa Valley near the winery home in Calistoga. Steep volcanic hillsides notably produce deeply concentrated fruit in  small  bunches,  with  even  smaller  berries.  Relatively  steep  as  Diamond  Mountain  slopes from 800 to 1,700 feet above sea level, the vineyards are often above the fog line, receiving ample sunshine at cooler temperatures than the valley floor.

Vintage Notes

The  2015  growing  season  was  marked  by  pleasant  weather  with  little  pressure  from  heat spikes or unseasonable rain. A dry winter was quickly followed by an equally dry spring, leading to an early bud break. Warm weather continued throughout late spring and  summer,  allowing  for  the  steady  development  of  flavors.  The  overall  quality,  complexity  and  balance  in  the  vines  produced  exceptional  fruit.  The  impact  of  the  continuing  drought  was  evident  in  slightly  lighter  crop  loads,  but  the  reduction  in  size was offset by an increase in quality as vineyard crews carefully selected fruit at harvest, allowing for only the finest to be chosen for this special bottling.

Winemaking Notes

Fruit  was  hand-harvested  and  hand-sorted,  selecting  only  the  highest  quality  fruit  for  fermentation  in  a  combination  of  concrete  and  stainless  vessels.  The  concrete  tanks, relatively new to the winery, offered a significant purity of expression. Fruit was allowed to ferment for up to 15 days with regular pump-overs to extract deep color and rich flavors. The wine was then gently pressed, racked and aged for 19 months in 100% French oak (66% new).
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