2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain
Cabernet Sauvignon • Dyer Vineyard
California: Napa Valley
Diamonds really are forever
Today’s very highly recommended wine is a true Napa Valley Diamond Mountain gem that we went absolutely bonkers for. This wine is incredibly good.
It is a true thrill to have a 10 year old Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that is so balanced and elegant. This 2003 Dyer Vineyard Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon wine has lost none of its luster. In fact, our tasting panel was of the impression that this wonderful wine is still just reaching its peak. Enjoy now or hold for the next few years. Decant for an hour for best results. The more you let this wine breathe, the better it gets.
93 points - Doug Wilder: “Offers a pretty nose of spice, verbena, lavender and blackberry with a gorgeous palate entry of licorice, currant and mocha. Excellent balance. Drink 2013 - 2019.” Tasted 5/4/13
Pretty ruby red at the edges, darkening to a deep crimson at the heart of the wine.
Fragrant and full with big black cherry, dark strawberry, brown spice, fall leaves, cassis and blackberry. Underneath these, the wine surprises with a very subtle hint of eucalyptus.
Delicious and dark with flavors that first present themselves at the edges of the palate. Blueberry, blackberry and cherry predominate, with cassis, dried fall leaves and sweet brown spice taking up a secondary position at the rear of the palate.
This wine speeds across the palate before flavors take hold at the corners of the mouth. A subtle dryness spreads rather swiftly, revealing soft tannin as it moves.
Enjoy this brightly flavorful and very flexible wine with anything from a perfectly seared filet mignon to a duck breast in a black currant sauce.
What the Winery Says
The 2003 growing season, somewhat unusual for Napa Valley, began early with an exceptionally warm March followed by the wettest April on record. A long cool summer allowed fruit flavors to develop ahead of sugar accumulation. Temperatures were cool enough in September to effectively stall development and it wasn’t until a burst of warmth in October that fruit fully matured.
This wine is sleek, restrained and focused. Aromas of black cherry and licorice with a seductive vanilla note. Lean and structured on the palate with supple tannins.
- Bill and Dawnine Dyer
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Napa Valley
About the Winery
Our project has a singular focus. We make just one wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon blend, from our own vineyard located in the Diamond Mountain District, in the Mayacamas Range that defines the western edge of the Napa Valley. This is Cabernet country, where volcanic deposits encourage deep-rooted vines producing wines known for their concentration, intensity, and ageability. We handcraft the wine following long established, classical methods and produce about 400 cases a year on average, which we prefer to sell to collectors directly.
We planted Dyer vineyard in 1993 in a site where volcanic gravel spreads over large boulders that slid from the ridge above thousands of years ago. The 2.3 acres of vines are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, 78% and two Bordeaux blending varieties; Cabernet Franc, 16% and Petit Verdot, 6% - a mix which we have refined over the years. Our farming methods are sustainable, we use only organic sprays to prevent mildew, and weed whackers instead of herbicide- we live here afterall.