Dyer Vineyard ~ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon grown on Diamond Mountain
Cabernet Sauvignon is often called the “king of grapes” and that is certainly true in Napa Valley’s Diamond Mountain District. It is perhaps the most widely planted grape in the world, rising first to prominence in France’s Bordeaux region where it thrives and where the reputation for high quality wines is historic. Flavor in red wines is extracted from the skins during fermentation, and Cabernet Sauvignon, with it’s small berries and thick skins, makes wines that are highly colored, flavorful and have a tannin structure that ensures age-ability. In Napa Valley, this is accentuated in the hillside AVAs where well-drained soils ripen grapes with extremely small berries and reduced yields making for intense, concentrated wines with high typicity and great structure. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant grape in Napa Valley’s Diamond Mountain District and here at Dyer Vineyard it is 78% of the vineyard. The two blending varieties grown at Dyer Vineyard are Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
2015 - Current Release
Our latest release is the 2015 vintage- the first “post drought” vintage following 3 years of extremely dry seasons. A small crop resulted from cool weather and rain during bloom and the result is a powerful yet graceful wine. Harvest took place on Sept 17, 2015. The blend is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot.
Ripe plum and blueberry; lavender, graphite and hints of incense cedar; typical savory notes (think rosemary and sage and warm spices) mingle with a cassis element that carries thru to the palate. A powerful yet graceful wine, well structured, lush, balanced and supple.”— Bill & Dawnine
What the critics are saying…
Translucent and super-expressive, Dyer’s 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is magnificent. Sweet plum, graphite, lavender and spice develop in the glass, but it is the wine’s exceptional balance and captivating beauty that stand out most. The richness of the vintage has filled out the wine’s classically built frame nicely. Even so, what comes through is a powerful, structured Diamond Mountain Cabernet that exudes class and polish from the first taste to the last. Don’t miss it.”
95pts— Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Jan 2018
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain displays understated blackberries, black cherries, cedar and herbs notes with damp earth and black tru es nuances. Medium to full- bodied and built like a brick house, it is packed with restrained, muscular fruit, framed by grainy tannins and great tension, nishing long and earthy. Give it another year or two in bottle and drink it over the next 15-20+.
93+ points— Lisa Perrotti, Wine Advocate Jan 2018
2014 - Library Wine
2014 was defined by a warm spring with enough rain in March and April to set the vineyard up for good growth. Temperatures during the growing season were warm but not hot—more often in the 80’s than 90’s. With an early bloom, the growing season was quite long, with harvest taking place on September 22. The blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot were harvested together and co-fermented in a single tank. One ton of Cabernet Franc was fermented, aged, and bottled separately.
The 2014 is another in a string of excellent vintages. Lovely tannin development in the vineyard translated into vibrant fruit and velvety firmness that extracted completely in the fermentation. This is one of our most graceful wines to date.”— Bill & Dawnine
What the critics are saying…
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain: The nose is an intense black plum and alluring black current, spice with shadings of mint and wet stone. The palate is beautifully poised black fruit on entry with an underlying chocolate and rich yet sleek brown spices all merging into a long, bright, well-defined vibrant finish.” 93 points— Doug Wilder, Purely Domestic Wine Report, February 2017
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous. Intensely aromatic and finely sculpted, but also resonant in the glass, the 2014 has a lot going on. Today, the fruit is understandably quite primary. With another few years, though, the 2014 should be a real jewel of a wine. Inky blue/purplish fruits, graphite, lavender and menthol are laced into the exquisite, delicate finish. Dyer remains one of the true undiscovered gems of Napa Valley. This is a style that will appeal most to classically leaning palates.” 93 points— Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2016