The Diamond Dust Vineyard lies just south of the town of Geyserville in the renowned Alexander Valley wine region. Its old, low vigor vines consistently produce Merlot with more power and depth than typically found in the appellation. The Diamond Dust Vineyard is perfect for Merlot. Situated in the southern and cooler end of the Alexander Valley and coupled with a slightly more vigorous soil means that the fruit can be taken to full flavor and perfect sugar without dehydration. Given the vineyard is over 30 years old, the canopy-to-crop ratio tends to be in perfect balance, cropping at around 3.5 – 4.2 tons/acre.
Extended fall sunshine in September and October following a mild August meant ideal conditions
Tannins moved quickly from green to dusty and then slowed as we got to the dry and ripe stages
Flavors caught up without sugar rising too quickly
Acids maintained later into cooling season
Picking pace was perfect to bring in harvest gradually and routinely without rush
No heat meant little dehydration
Aging: 2 months in 25% new oak barrels (20% new, tight-grain, 5% new American), 75% neutral oak barrels
Beautiful red raspberry, dark chocolate, and bacon fat in the nose. Shows red plum, red currant, blackberry, and Indian spice flavors. Full and round mouthfeel with soft tannins.
100% Merlot, clone 337; alcohol: 14.5%; vine age: average over 30 years; vineyard in cooler southern part of Alexander Valley; aged 2 months in 25% new oak barrels (20% new, tight grain, 5% new American), 75% neutral oak barrels.