A terrific example of this warmer mountain terroir located in the northern part of the valley, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection Diamond Mountain has the textbook savoriness, dried red fruits, and earthy minerality that I always find in wines from Diamond Mountain. It’s full-bodied, layered, and seamless, and while it has plenty of upfront charm, it’s going to keep for 20 years without any issues.
I loved the 2016 1 1/2 Acre Red, a sweetly fruited, medium to full-bodied effort that has incredible charm and personality its red and black fruits, spice, dried flowers, and potpourri-like aromas and flavors. A blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 6% each of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, it’s a beautiful wine that will drink well for 15+ years.
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a smoking value and has high-quality Cabernet notes of crème de cassis, spice, vanilla bean, and fruitcake-like nuances. It’s charming, sweetly fruited, medium to full-bodied, and certainly already delicious.
Lastly, a barrel sample of the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection Generations showed fabulously well. It has a similar level of purity in its cassis and blue fruits, is more medium to full-bodied, has a seamless texture, and again, a sense of opulence without weight.
One of the true superstars in the portfolio is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection Generations, which is even better than the 2015. Brought up in just over half new barrels, it has an incredible bouquet of crème de cassis and blackberry fruits intermixed with lots of spice, fruitcake, and earthy minerality. Possessing full-bodied richness, a sensational sense of opulence with no weight, ripe tannins, and a great, great finish, hats off to winemaker Stephanie Putnam for another brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon that can be drunk today with incredible pleasure or cellared for 20-25 years.