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Diamond Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Where the 2006 Diamond Mountain is a bit richer than its 2005 counterpart, this bottling is actually a bit pulled back from the previous edition. It still contains all the richer chocolate based elements of the first vintage but it shows a bit more Howell Mountain structure. There’s also the trademark spice component that mountain is famous for plus more of red fruit component that was absent in the 2005. The nose features notes of espresso roast, black cherries and black currants. The mocha note comes in early on the palate but is quickly buffered by the site’s natural acidity and some fine grained fruit tannin. This wine has become one of the stars in my portfolio and the two vintages waiting in the wings won’t do anything to change that. Thomas Brown, Winemaker

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Diamond Terrace:
Diamond Terrace is the result of a dream that started in 1988 when Maureen’s parents purchased a 10-acre vineyard on Howell Mountain as a second home that they called “Eagle Summit.” We visited them there often and dreamed about raising our family in the Napa Valley. We realized that dream in 1998 when we purchased a 16-acre parcel, with a 5-acre Cabernet vineyard on Diamond Mountain, just so... Read more
Diamond Terrace is the result of a dream that started in 1988 when Maureen’s parents purchased a 10-acre vineyard on Howell Mountain as a second home that they called “Eagle Summit.” We visited them there often and dreamed about raising our family in the Napa Valley. We realized that dream in 1998 when we purchased a 16-acre parcel, with a 5-acre Cabernet vineyard on Diamond Mountain, just south of the town of Calistoga. After establishing the Diamond Terrace label and producing 6 vintages of Diamond Mountain Cabernet we felt ready to add another wine to our portfolio. In 2005 we brought our dream full circle by producing a Howell Mountain Cabernet from the Eagle Summit vineyard, now owned by Maureen and her brothers. Winemaker Thomas Brown (Outpost, Schrader Cellars, Rivers-Marie) crafts Diamond Terrace at Outpost just up the road from our Howell Mountain property. Every year we select the best fruit from each of our vineyards to produce small quantities of each wine. We strive to create reserve wines that highlight the distinct characteristics of each of their mountain appellations. Read less

External Reviews for Diamond Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
09/23/2011

"The nose features notes of espresso roast



Where the 2006 Diamond Mountain is a bit richer than its 2005 counterpart, this bottling is actually a bit pulled back from the previous edition. It still contains all the richer chocolate based elements of the first vintage but it shows a bit more Howell Mountain structure. There’s also the trademark spice component that mountain is famous for plus more of red fruit component that was absent in the 2005. The nose features notes of espresso roast, black cherries and black currants. The mocha note comes in early on the palate but is quickly buffered by the site’s natural acidity and some fine grained fruit tannin. This wine has become one of the stars in my portfolio and the two vintages waiting in the wings won’t do anything to change that. Thomas Brown, Winemaker

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190 cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Aged 22 months in French Oak.

Notes: 70% New French Oak and 30% one year old oak barrels

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.9% pH: 3.8
Total Acidity: .60 grams per liter

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