"Diamant" Red Blend, 2016

Produced by SummitVine Wines

The Diamond Mountain District is located in northwestern Napa Valley in the Mayacamas Mountains. Located 1750 feet above The Valley floor, the steep slopes of SummitVine Ranch allowed us only 6 of the meager 550 acres planted to vines in this highly revered AVA. With our porous volcanic soils and high-elevation climate, our vines produce distinctive earthy flavors, wrapped around rich, opulent and beautifully integrated tannins.

Icons/location pin Diamond Mountain District, Napa, California
Icons/wine/red Bordeaux-style Red Blend
Icons/star Rare wine (149 cases produced)

The details

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Structure
  • Tannin
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Sweetness
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Food Pairing

Pizza, Pasta Pesto, Tomate-based Pasta Sauces, Stew, Salmon

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Tasting Notes

Blackberry, Caramel, Cocoa, Dark Cherry, Blueberry, Chocolate

What's cool?

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Interesting Winemaking Technique

Instead of blending the different varietals prior to bottling, we co-ferment all three varietals together. They stay together from then to bottling.

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Rare Varietal

Not rare, per se, but it is rare to have a Merlot-based blend from Napa Valley, especially from a mountain vineyard.

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Notable Viticulture Technique

Merlot is a very vigorous vine and only with constant canopy work can you make sure you get the wonderful Merlot flavors into a wine.

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Uncommon Region

Diamond Mountain is the smallest AVA in Napa with only 550 acres planted to vines. SummitVine Ranch has only 6 of those.

Diamond Mountain District, Napa, California

SummitVine Wines

At SummitVine, we focus on selecting the best fruit from exceptional vineyards and drawing out the unique characteristics of those grapes. Each of our single-vineyard designated wines will be of very limited production and a rare opportunity to experience what we call “SummitVine”.

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Nerdy Details

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What's in the bottle
Merlot (62%)
Cabernet Franc (32%)
Petit Verdot (6%)
ABV: 14.8%
Harvest
Merlot from 12 year old vines from Sophie's Vineyard, Diamond Mountain (62%). Harvested on 2016-10-12 at 28.0 brix .
Cabernet Franc from 12 year old vines from Sophie's Vineyard, Diamond Mountain (32%). Harvested on 2016-10-12 at 28.5 brix .
Petit Verdot from 12 year old vines from Sophie's Vineyard, Diamond Mountain (6%). Harvested on 2018-10-12 at 27.0 brix .
Press: Progressive pressure bladder press
Winemaking
Fermentation: Cold soaked, temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, injected yeast
Malolactic fermentation: 100%
Aging
22 months in 100% French oak, 50% new
Bottled on: 2018-08-08