Rombauer Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon
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Cabernet Sauvignon was the first wine produced by Rombauer Vineyards when the winery was founded in 1980. Diamond Selection, first produced with the 1994 vintage, represents the best lots harvested each growing season.
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.
This elegantly balanced wine is deep purple with dark hues. Aromas of black fruits, plums and pomegrante 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.
GOLD MEDAL 2017 HOUSTON RODEO UNCORKED! INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION 2013 DIAMOND SELECTION CABERNET SAUVIGNON
GOLD MEDAL 2017 TEXSOM INTERNATIONAL WINE AWARDS 2013 DIAMOND SELECTION CABERNET SAUVIGNON
94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot
Sept. 27Oct. 8, 2013
AVERAGE BRIX AT HARVEST
17 months in 90% new French oak
(cab er nay saw vee nyon)—This highly adaptable grape grows almost anywhere it is relatively warm, but the best wines come from the Burgundy region of France (where it is a noble variety), California, and Australia. It became famous through the red wines of the Médoc district of Bordeaux and is now grown in Washington, southern France, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Chile, and Argentina. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes make wines that are high in tannin and medium- to full-bodied. Usually identified as having black currant or cassis flavors, the grape can also possess vegetal tones when the grapes are less than ideally ripe. The best wines are rich and firm with great depth, and are often aged for fifteen years or more. Because it is highly tannic, Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with other less-tannic grapes such as Merlot.