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2009 The Vineyardist Cabernet Sauvignon

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ITEM 8102867 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
2 $130
Item Sold Amount Date
I8107638 2 $130 Feb 6, 2022
I8096903 1 $130 Jan 23, 2022
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RATINGS

96Robert M. Parker Jr.

... displays a classic mountain profile of lead pencil shavings, charcoal embers, creme de cassis, blackberries, licorice and a meaty, truffle-like character. Full-bodied and rich as well as exceptionally well-delineated...

92Wine Spectator

Tight and focused, this is a style built to age, with a rich core of dark berry, mineral, cedar, graphite and black licorice flavors. Intense and persistent, framed by chewy tannins...

92Stephen Tanzer

Aromas of currant, minerals, minerals, lead pencil and tobacco leaf, plus a strong element of brushy chaparral (California's garrigue?). Creamy-sweet and supple but with spine and energy to its wild berry flavors...

PRODUCER

The Vineyardist

The Vineyardist is a Diamond Mountain property with a long history. In the late 19th century it was purchased by a Dutch shipping captain who planted vineyards and made wine. During prohibition the vineyards were replaced with nut and prune orchards. In 2000 the property was purchased by Dirk Fulton and Becky Kukkola, who began replanting some of the 80 acres to vineyards. They also hired winemaker Mark Herold, who has been winemaker at numerous acclaimed wineries, including the one he founded, Merus. The Vineyardist produces no more than 400 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon annually and the wine is available primarily through mailing lists.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Diamond Mountain

Diamond Mountain District AVA is in the Mayacamas Mountains at the northwestern end of Napa Valley. The appellation is relatively high and the entire district is more than 400 feet above sea level. Some vineyards are as high as 2,200 feet above sea level. Because of their altitude, Diamond Mountain vineyards experience warmer days but colder nights than vineyards on the valley floor. Once volcanic soil, the terrain in the appellation has over time become less fertile, making grape growing particularly challenging. Nevertheless the district has attracted wine producers for more than a century. There are 500 vineyard acres out of a total of 5,000 acres. Among the highly regarded wineries here are Lokoya Winery, Diamond Creek Vineyards and Schramsberg Vineyards. Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are generally firmly structured, rich and quite tannic. Chardonnay is full-bodied with apple and peach aromas and firm acidity.

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.