2013 Vintage Notes
In 2013 we returned to drought and the driest spring on record. Dry soils and warm weather led to an earlier than normal budbreak, steady growth throughout the season aided by judicious irrigation and an early harvest. There were two heat spikes in August and September, but neither had the heat or duration to inflict damage or delay. We had a few light rains in September, but these were a relief to dry vines and exhausted aquifers. The low soil moisture and humidity kept the grape berries extremely small and thick skinned. All October there was a threat of a major storm “about five days out” that by November never materialized. We had the rare luxury of waiting as long as we liked, and picked our vineyard over a week, finishing a full 12 days earlier than usual. This is a remarkable vintage that has produced equally tremendous wines.
2013 Diamond Mountain District Tasting Notes
Our muscular Diamond Mountain Cabernet is rich with the flavors of cassis, blueberry, and raspberry jam. Supple and generous, the palate is layered with red and black fruit flavors and sweet spices. The wine's abundant tannins are deceptively smooth, supple and ripe, giving a dark chocolate texture and length to the finish. As the wine opens, abundant floral, fruit and sweet spice aromas evolve and entice, bringing you back again and again. Easily enjoyed now, it should develop for a decade or more.