Rombauer Vineyards 2015 'Diamond Selection' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Item Number: 12700
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Napa Valley
Grape(s): 92% Cabernet Sauvignon / 8% Petit Verdot
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.8
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 and St. Helena AVAs.
Vintage Notes: 2015 brought the earliest harvest in Rombauer's 38-year history. Yields were down overall, but prolonged warm weather resulted in exceptional fruit quality and richly flavored wines. 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. The fruit was manually harvested at night and sorted in the vineyard.
Winemaking Notes: 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. The wine aged for 17 months in 100% new French oak.
Tasting Notes: This elegantly balanced wine is deep and dark with a purple hue. Aromas of black currant and black cherry combine seamlessly with sweet notes of oak. The palate is ripe and soft, with pronounced blackberry and a hint of spice, lush tannins and sweet, subtle oak. Black currant builds on the finish.