Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley’s famed Diamond Mountain District
Dyer Cabernet Sauvignon is our flagship wine. It is a traditional Bordeaux blend – based in Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot as supporting players. It is the singular focus of our Estate Vineyard and our choice of varieties and clones as well as our farming practices are all designed to make this wine a pure reflection of the vineyard.
Specific attributes that are typical of Cabernet Sauvignon from Dyer Vineyard are black cherry, currents, cocoa, and cedar. The wines are often savory with notes of violets and graphite.
The winemaking is simple and classic. We thin and sort for even ripeness, use a combination of pump-over and punch-down to extract rich tannins, and use a basket press to gently separate the wine from the skins. The wine is aged in French oak for 22 months.
“Dyer Vineyard—This is the tiny, personal vineyard (and home) of two former winemakers, Dawnine Dyer (former head winemaker of Domaine Chandon) and Bill Dyer (formerly head winemaker of Sterling Vineyards). They own a scant four acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot on Diamond Mountain. Located in what might be called Diamond Mountain’s “golden enclave” where Diamond Creek, Von Strasser, Reverie, and Dyer are virtually cheek to cheek. Dyer delivers the real goods. Simply put, these are great Cabernets. They brim with the characteristic coca and blueberry scent of Diamond Mountain Cabernet/Merlot. Ditto for the soft, ripe tannins. Quantity is obviously minute; quality superb. If you can find it, get it”.— Matt Kramer
Our Current Release is the 2016 Vintage
We also hold back older vintages and make them available periodically though our Library.
Dyer Vineyard Estate Cabernet Franc
In our deep volcanic soils Cabernet Franc thrives and the warm earthy notes of graphite and violets that play a supporting role in our Cabernet blend find their own unique expression. We make and bottle Cabernet Franc only in years when our yield exceeds what we need for the Cabernet Blend so quantities are always small. We bottled our first Cabernet Franc in 2013. 2016 is our Current Release– 48 cases made.
For more information on the history and characteristics of Cabernet Franc check in on the buzz.