The American Viticultural Area known as Diamond Mountain is located in the northern reaches of Napa Valley just West of Calistoga in the Mayacamas mountain range. Diamond Mountain is most famous for producing Cabernet Sauvignon that is notably age-worthy. The area is considered a warm climate and is characterized by unfertile, steep slopes. Growing world class grapes in this area takes considerable skills. The soils are highly porous which allows for ample drainage. The elevations put many of the vineyards above the fog line resulting in more direct sun exposure than other Napa AVA’s.
The grapes grown here are tiny and thick skinned. This leads to wines of considerable structure and color. The true challenge in making wine from Diamond Mountain grapes is tannin management. The wines benefit from considerable aging in the cellar.
We produced a single vintage of Diamond Mountain Cabernet in 2012 from s special parcel at the very top of the mountain. We aged this wine nearly 3 years in French Oak barrels to allow for the proper tannin integration and polymerization. The resulting wine is rich, dense and silky smooth!