2016

Diamant Blend

92 Points – Wine Spectator!

A Single Vineyard Proprietary Red Wine Blend from Diamond Mountain!

$58.00 /750ml

Vintage

2016

Wine Style

Red Wine

Varietal

Proprietary Red Wine Blend

Varietal Composition

62% Merlot 32% Cabernet Franc 6% Petit Verdot

Appellation

Diamond Mountain District

Harvest Date

October 12, 2016

Barrel Aging

22 Months in 100% French Oak, 80% New Oak

Ageability

12-15 Years

Bottling Date

August 8, 2018

Alcohol

14.8%

Size

750 ml

Cases Produced

149

Reviews

Ripe and well-structured, with notes of dried beef to the plum compote and dark cherry flavors that turn chocolatey in the midpalate. Finely-textured finish, with notes of dried green herbs. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2024.—K.M. 92 Points, Wine Spectator

Tasting Notes

Our 2016 “Diamant” continues to deliver a beautiful blend of aromatics and flavors from the three grape varieties that comprise it. With a greater percentage of Cabernet Franc than previously, the nose takes on notes of blackberry, cocoa and caramel along with a light touch of black pepper. On the palate, red fruits come through with red cherry and cherry pie and the darker fruit of blueberry, all balanced with soft, plush tannins. A truly balanced wine providing a wonderful finish in the mouth! Ready to enjoy now, this wine will age well for the next 10 -12 years.

Production Notes

With significant winter rains, our soils had ample moisture for the greater part of the growing season. Early warmth and all that moisture created a challenge in controlling vine growth with lots of canopy work required early and throughout the growing months. Somewhat cooler on average than 2015, the consistent temperatures provided excellent conditions for fruit development and, for us up at elevation, the two well-timed heat spikes in June and late July pushed the vines to veraison in early August. The weather remained consistent and uneventful allowing for slow brix accumulation and phenolics to develop and mature. 2016 is another stellar vintage for Napa growers and vintners and especially for us on Diamond Mountain. The growing conditions of 2016 provided for wines with deep color, wonderful aromatics, pronounced varietal flavors and strong tannic structure.

Vineyard Designation

SummitVine Ranch

Vineyard Notes

100% Sophie’s Vineyard at approx. 1600′ elevation