2008 Vintage


Newsletter

A page has been turned with the 2008 release and we are walking on clouds with excitement. With the 2008 harvest we discovered that all the Cabernet Sauvignon clones in the vineyard had excelled under the perfect conditions of time, location, and weather during the 2008 growing season. They reached maturity under Barbour Vineyards’ constant care, and Tom’s constant fussing, and all possess the characteristics we were looking for to finally come together under one label, the 2008 GTS. This means that for the first time in our history we will not offer the GTS Nancy’s Fancy. We can’t say for certain if this will be the case with future vintages as we’ll wait to see what the vines dictate and our winemaker decides. We are grateful for the skill and wisdom of our talented Winemaker, Thomas Brown, and our Vineyard Manager, Jim Barbour, for coaxing such quality from our small jewel of a vineyard and bringing the 2008 vintage to it’s full potential.

Tom & Nancy Seaver

Winemaker's Notes

2008 is the best year we have ever seen for Diamond Mountain. The naturally small crop coupled with an early start to the vintage produced wines with completely ripe, resolved tannins for the first time in recent memory. The vintage in general definitely favors the hills where the heat both helped to get things ripe earlier but also tempered the really hot days with elevation. As we sat down to blend the 2008 GTS, we were struck by how consistently good all three Cab lots were. In the end, putting everything together made the best wine so for the first time ever we will only offer one bottling. Extraction is never an issue with Diamond Mountain wines and this is no exception. Black to the rim, the color hints at the concentration. More effusive than any previous vintage, the nose opens with notes of purple and blue fruit, pain grille, bittersweet chocolate and espresso roast. Sweet tannin helps to frame the blackberry, cherry, and kirsch fruit components on the palate with some lively acidity coming up in the end to lengthen the finish. This is one to drink now or hold (a nice option for a Diamond Mountain wine) and a quality that speaks to the greatness of the vintage.

Thomas Rivers Brown