This elegantly balanced wine is deep purple with dark hues. Aromas of black fruits, plums and pomegranate combine seamlessly with notes of licorice, dried violets, blackberry cobbler and vanilla. The palate is ripe and soft, with black cherry, dried cranberries, blueberries, lush tannins and dark chocolate. The finish is long and smooth.
This reserve bottling comes from estate vineyards and top grower vineyards in Stags Leap, Calistoga, Atlas Peak, St. Helena and Rutherford AVAs. The 2013 vintage brought a perfect growing season with warm, dry conditions that allowed the fruit to develop full, concentrated flavors. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. All fruit was hand-picked and sorted in the vineyards. The grapes were carefully destemmed and optically sorted to ensure only perfect fruit made it into the wine. The wine was primarily barrel-fermented to provide a richer, more textured palate. The wine was gently basket-pressed before being racked to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. The finest lots were carefully chosen and blended to produce the Diamond Selection.