2013 Dyer Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 was the second year of a record draught in the Napa Valley. At the Dyer Vineyard on Diamond Mountain the total precipitation was just 6 inches. April and May, critical months for bloom and set were warm and dry. The summer was mild with temperatures in the 80s and 90s and only one period when heat spiked over 100 degrees. Perfect conditions in July, August, and September concluded with harvest on Sept 29.
We feel the 2013 Vintage may be one of the finest from our Diamond Mountain Vineyard. A dry year with a mild consistent growing season gave us both elegance and concentration.— Bill & Dawnine
Dyer Vineyard, located mid slope on Diamond Mountain, with its NW facing bench and rocky volcanic soils, thrives in such conditions. 2013 Dyer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon expresses black cherry and plum aromas laced thru with savory notes of tobacco and dried herbs. On the palate this is classic Cabernet – dense and chewy with notes of cedar.
What the critics are saying…
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Dyer’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a real head-turner. An exotic mélange of aromas and flavors jumps from the glass. Deep, inky and utterly impeccable, the 2013 stands out for its nuance. White truffles, blackberry jam, pencil shavings and blood orange are all layered into the super-expressive finish. Tasted 10/14, 94-96 points— Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain, which is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, displays a dense, opaque ruby/purple color and notes of creosote, charcoal embers, crème de cassis and touches of blackberry and blueberry notes. The wine is ripe, but pulls back before going over the edge. It has a full-bodied mouthfeel, beautiful purity, and overall impressive symmetry and integration of tannin, wood, alcohol and acidity. Drink it over the next 20 years. 93 points, Wine Advocate, Dec 2015— Robert Parker