Wine maker's notes: A beautiful open rich and supple nose leading to a palate of mocha, blackberry and olive. The structure of firm tannins will serve this wine well for the long haul. Drink 2013-2030. Tasted 4th May 2013
Antonio Galloni wrote about the wine in the Dec2011 issue of the Wine Advocate:
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is richer and also more sensual than the 2008. There is plenty of fruit to stand up to the tannins in this generous, inviting Cabernet. Sweet tobacco, licorice, herbs and tar wrap around the polished finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. He marked it at 91 points
Site description: Dyer Vineyard is a 2.3 acre vineyard situated on a bench, mid-slope on Diamond Mountain. The exposition is north facing and the slope is 7-10%. The site is probably an ancient land slide-rocky with fine volcanic soil and gravel ranging from ash to richer red soils. The site was planted to vineyard in 1993 by Bill and Dawnine Dyer.
Wine making philosophy: We favour a restrained, balanced style of wine making that cultivates the unique characteristics of our vineyard. Over 15 years we have refined the varietal selection in our vineyard on Diamond Mountain to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. All 3 varieties are harvested on the same day and co-fermented.
We employ a short (3-5 day) cold soak prior to the fermentation, the maximum temperature of fermentation is 85 degrees F, and following a light pressing, the wine is put directly into French oak barrels- total maceration time varies by vintage. ML takes place in the barrel and the wine is aged in French oak for a total of 20 months.
Vintage Notes: A warm and rainy Spring following a dry winter, ensured sufficient ground moisture for the season. A mild summer set up a delayed harvest, but some heat in early October brought grapes to the threshold of ripeness. A massive early season storm approached the coast, and we hedged our bet by picking half the vineyard before 5” of rain deluged Diamond Mountain. However, it was the other half left to hang on the vine until October 26 that produced the best flavours, and we chose to bottle only this portion. 171 cases produced
Tasting Notes: Bright garnet colour. Blackberry cassis aromas with hints of violet, anise, & sandalwood. Lush & juicy on the palate. Bright acidity and a steely mineral quality. Fine, lingering tannins provide a firm but supple finish.
Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
- Additional Information
Country USA Region California Sub Region Napa Valley Colour Red Grape Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot Vintage 2009 Alcohol More than 14% Viticulture No Body Full Type Dry Bottle Size Bottle (750ml) Bottle Closure Cork Drinking Maturity Ready, will improve