2009 has been a year of change and beauty here on Diamond Mountain. We hired a new business manager, prepared for the release of our third vintage, and added another beautiful Labrador retriever, Brix (the measurement of sugar content in grapes). As we embark on a new year, I’ve found myself thinking often about my big brother, Charles.
He is the one person I wish could see this special place more than anyone. Charles was an artist, loyal not only to art but to the process of making art. He would have understood the journey that Nancy and I started in 2000 and he would have savored its wonder, texture, solitude, and flavor with us. He would have grasped the beauty of the unknown, the meditative quality of the physical work that engages us, the excitement of the harvest, and the blessing that is our vineyard on Diamond Mountain. Charles is always with me in the grapes, the vines, the Douglas firs, redwoods, wind and rain, and the geese that return every spring, flying low over the vineyard to alight on our neighbor’s pond.
Although I never forget Charles, perhaps these reflections are a result of spending time with Charles’s son, Arlo, and his wife Karen, whom many of you already know as our new business manager. Karen has been able to free up time for both Nancy and me to do many other things, not the least of which is spending more precious and rewarding time in the vineyard. We are excited to offer our 2007 vintage, a product of our pride and hard work, and we hope you enjoy the wine as much as we enjoy the day-to-day effort to bring it to you.
Tom and Nancy Seaver
We like to give all new projects three vintages before making any real decisions about potential quality. The 2007s mark that third crop and we feel like we are creeping closer to a complete understanding of the various blocks in the vineyard. It’s always hard to say why certain clones of Cabernet outperform others on a site specific basis but we can now say with some confidence the 191 and 337 blocks are the cream of the crop at Seaver Family Vineyards. These two blocks in their entirety make up the 2007 GTS. This is the most black fruited of the GTS wines to date with a purer fruit core and less soil driven elements than in years past. We’ve seen this from a lot of young vineyards as they move toward maturity. As the vines achieve more balance it becomes easier to tease more fruit out of each vintage. There are still some varietally true notes of creosote, graphite, and tobacco leaf on the palate but they linger in the background to balance the fruit. A hallmark of most great vintages, this wine will drink well now, at middle age and into its twilight. The 2007 Nancy’s Fancy is 100% clone 7 from both primary exposures in the vineyard. It’s once again a more high-toned wine tending toward the more red-fruited side of the spectrum. This wine might be considered a more classic example of Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon given its site-dominated character. Even so, it’s a bit more giving than the GTS featuring notes of spearmint, white flowers, wet stones, and cassis.
Thomas Rivers Brown