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Appellation: Diamond Mountain-Napa Valley
Growing season notes:
The 2014 growing season was a drought year, so the vines had to struggle quite a bit and produced smaller clusters full of flavor. The temperatures were ideal throughout the season and allowed the fruit to ripen perfectly until our harvest on September 8.
After we picked, we hand-sorted the berries and fermented them in a stainless- steel tank. After primary fermentation, it was barreled down to 50% new French oak barrels and 50% two-year-old French oak barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. It was aged 26 months in barrel and has since aged 10 months in the bottle prior to release in October 2017.
Our 2014 Diamond Mountain is a gorgeous wine, full of dark berry, cassis, and chocolate with hints of pomegranate and fennel. Forest floor and minerality are also present in the 2014 Meanmouth, a hallmark of the redwoods present around the vineyard site and the rhyolitic ash in the soils. While this wine will age beautifully for many years, it is able to be enjoyed now upon decanting. WS 88
“…this is a full-bodied, palate-coating, glass-staining Napa red with a luxurious feel and fine-grained, polished tannins—the overall effect is like taking a drive through the redwoods in the back of a Bentley, with no bumps or sudden stops or anything else jarring you from your reverie.” -Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier
Hard Six Cellars
At Hard Six Cellars, we select remote vineyards and tend them with minimal intervention. It's a risky proposition, but the reward we get to share with you are wines that are the fullest expression of fruit and land.