Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley

Cliff Lede Vineyards

Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

David T
9.4

Really love what the 04 vintage is showing these days. This Cliff Lede Diamond Mountain is at its peak and will reman there for another three years or so.

One of the best noses on a Cabernet I have put my nose into in sometime. Ripe, ruby, lush perfumed floral fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, boysenberries, dark cherries, poached/baked strawberries with blue fruit heaven that moves from glass edge, center & back. Dark spices, anise core to black licorice, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and round vanilla, dark fruit cola, dark chocolate, black steeped tea, savory, grilled meats, dry crushed rocks, dry herbs/bay leaf dominant, leather, slightly older tobacco, dark, rich earth, dry top soil with dark, purple, blue, red floral framed in mixed violets and lavender.

The body is full, round and pure velvet. Tannins are still showing adolescent teeth that are tarry & chewy. This 04 has 7-10 years of good drinking ahead of it...properly stored of course. The structure, tension, length and balance are at its high point and heavenly for the serious Napa Cabernet lover. It’s a super, gorgeously sexy wine. Ripe, ruby, lush perfumed floral fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, boysenberries, mulberries, dark cherries, poached/baked strawberries with blue fruit heaven. Dark spices, anise core to black licorice, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and round vanilla, dark fruit cola, dark chocolate, caramel, mocha powder, black steeped tea, savory, grilled meats, sweet, dark tarriness, dry crushed rocks, dry stones, limestone, palate, penetrating volcanic minerals, dry herbs/bay leaf dominant, French oak shavings, leather, slightly older tobacco, dark, rich earth, dry top soil with dark, purple, blue, red floral framed in mixed violets and lavender. The acidity is round and nearly perfect holding back the slightly elevated alcohol level. The long finish is; well balanced to perfection fruit & earth with a soft dusty tannins that long set into dark spice & bright florals for days that persist endlessly.

Just misses 9.5.

Photos of; tasting bar, salon tasting just off the bar, entrance branding sign promoting their flagship wine & vineyard across the street.
— 16 days ago

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David T

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@Shay A @Eric S The only disappointment will be 10 minutes after my last sip. Its just in perfect form & that good.
Eric S

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I totally missed this vintage when it was originally released. It’s really kicked in during the last few years.
David T

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@Eric S i sensed it promise tasting it young and so far it has over delivered expectations after 14 years in bottle.

Diamond Creek Vineyards

Three Vineyard Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Probably still a little early to open, but got a couple more to hold. Rarely made let alone found
A blend of,
Volcanic hill
Gravely Meadow
Red rock terrace
Shafer without the nose, in my top 10 Cabernet ever.
Coming up on bottle 2,000 on delectable🤔 time to start planning
— 4 days ago

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David T

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Probably? You crack me up. 20-40 years easily. Love their 80-90 vintages. Enjoy!
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Nah just decant it, I’ll take it over the 2012-13 Scarecrow any day. Very smooth, just not much of a nose to it. Definitely no mega purple in the bottle. This is more classic styled compared to Bevan, Myriad, Maybach
Eric S

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Awesome- pull of the day.

Taylor Family Vineyards

Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Taylor is fantastic and this is no exception. Ribeyes. Asparagus. Blue cheese and bacon. Wine and mushrooms. Holds up and is fantastic. — 21 days ago

Vineyard {511}

Diamont Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

Six years and rounded flavors ready to drink tannins. Wonderful one acre property — a month ago

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School House

Mezcolanza Zinfandel Blend 2012

Threw a ton of sediment. A lighter colored zin- not a big alcoholic fruit bomb. This has finesse and character. Some minerally component. This is the tailback, not the tackle. Loved it. Thanks bro. — 3 days ago

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Theorem Vineyards

Hawk's Prey Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Shay A
9.3

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Theorem was one of our highlights last year, so we made sure a return visit was lined up this year. Base of Diamond Mtn with one of the most beautiful properties I’ve seen. Over the last 12 months, they’ve added a couple new wines (with more to come from Moon Mountain). TRB is the winemaker.

This is Theorem’s “entry level” cab. 100% Cabernet from young vines on their diamond Mtn estate. Just like the 2016 vintage, this is made in a decadent and ripe style. Showing the entire fruit spectrum from red, blue and black with baking spices (vanilla, nutmeg), sandalwood, and freshly dipped dark chocolate fruits are all on display. Soft yet well built structure allows this to be very approachable early on but can hold easily for a couple years and still be quite youthful. Not quite as chalky/dusty as the 2016. This 2017 shows more concentrated fruit and a slightly more sweet finish compared to the structured and slightly more tannic 2016.
— a month ago

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Spring Mountain Vineyard

Elivette Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2001

Paul K
9.3

Let this blow off for an hour and it blossomed. It’s interesting that this has some Petite Verdot, but not Cab Franc. I’d have guessed the opposite. Also, not as much tertiary as I’d have expected. This is lovely and plush, hardly an edge. The nose is white pepper, new leather, earth, and cherry. On the palate is strawberry, stewed plums, cherry, and finishes with a pinch of caramel tannins. It’s a thing! — a day ago

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Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 1993

Eric S
9.5

Recent special re-release. Tons of life and tannic tart cherry cola left. Dunn wax sucks but I’m here to tell you that 27 year old Dunn wax really sucks. My wife said it had too much stink and demanded a fruit bomb. — 2 days ago

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Love this wine @Eric S . I opened one a few months back and was shocked how good it was.
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I remember @Shay A. Psyched they offered some up last week.

Ridge Vineyards

Mill Block York Creek Zinfandel 2013

Very good wine, but perhaps on the downhill already. The fruit just couldn’t outlive the oak, which I find somewhat overbearing. Slightly oxidative, but with juicy texture and tannins still kicking. — 6 days ago

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Theorem Vineyards

Voir Dire Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Shay A
9.6

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Theorem was one of our highlights last year, so we made sure a return visit was lined up this year. Base of Diamond Mtn with one of the most beautiful properties I’ve seen. Over the last 12 months, they’ve added a couple new wines (with more to come from Moon Mountain). TRB is the winemaker.

In the running for red wine of the trip. When visiting last year, I preferred the ‘14 (ripe, balanced, savory) over the ‘15 (more acidity, touch lighter, high toned)...this ‘13 takes the best of each and marries them. This is a classic high end TRB Cabernet from a stellar vintage. Truffles raspberries, candied black cherries, cocoa dusted mixed berry pie and graphite aromatics accompanied by sweet blueberries, freshly squeezed blackberries, toffee and espresso, baking spices, and fine grained tannins. Built like a tank. Superb.
— a month ago

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This so damn good but, I am looking forward to opening a bottle in 2025 or so.
Jid R

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How would you compare this to the Hawks Prey?
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@Jid R : Less pop and pour. More tannic and age worthy. Lots of fruit, but plenty of savory and herbal components mixed in versus the Hawk’s Prey being very plush and open.