Our 2005 Diamond Mountain Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon celebrates the mountain terroir of a
vineyard high above Napa Valley. Inky, intense and complex, this wine speaks volumes about
mountain-grown fruit. "Our Diamond Mountain Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is strikingly
different in varietal expression; it's packed with concentrated, wild blackberry character that
defines briary," says Winemaker Mike Westrick. "The rich aromatics and dense flavors are
layered with delicious wild berries, cassis, bittersweet chocolate, cigar box and oak spice. The
muscular tannins support the powerful flavors clear through the persistent finish."
We tamed the mountain-intense flavors and tannins with gentle winemaking, keeping the
wine's inherent complexity while giving elegance and balance. After 18 months of aging in
predominantly French oak barrels, the wine was blended with small amounts of Merlot and
"Despite significant youthful tannins this Cab has such deep, ripe flavor that you can drink it now. The mouthfeel is astringent and hard, in the way of a young wine, but waves of cherries, blackberries and currants flatter the tastebuds, and it also softens as it warms up in the glass. A beautiful, polished drink that should develop over the next eight years."
"Spicy, lean and as round as a cherry pit, this cabernet has the cool feel of a Diamond Mountain red. The floral cherry flavors are direct and simple, while time in oak has brought a lovely textural weave to the tannin, lengthening the flavors without diminishing their freshness. To cellar for several years, or decant for roast lamb."
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