The 2010 growing year was a great reminder that growing grapes is a labor of love and that you have no choice but to work with the conditions that mother nature gives you each season. It reminds us that the vineyard is a living, breathing thing that ultimately communicates the year it’s had through the vintage.
Our vineyard manager, Jim Barbour, said that 2010 was the coldest growing year and easily the most challenging vintage he’s experienced in his 32 years of vineyard management. This cold led to a variety of conditions during the growing season that meant we would need to make the hard decision to drop half of our fruit. Although doing so was nerve wracking at the time, we feel blessed to be able to say that we made up for it in the quality of the fruit. Like the 2008 vintage, all of the grapes possessed the characteristics we were looking for to come together in one bottling, the 2010 GTS. So although our production is down 50%, this is our best vintage yet and we are grateful for our team of all stars who coaxed such quality out of our little jewel of a vineyard.
Tom and Nancy Seaver
If 2008 was our most fully realized stand alone wine to date, the 2010 is our #1. Though the two growing seasons were diametrically opposed in nature, both results show a completeness that we haven’t achieved in other vintages. In 2008 heat got us there, for 2010 it was hangtime. The only downside was yield which was the smallest we’d ever seen coming in just over 1 ton per acre. The quality was so strong though we knew early on that every stitch would make it into the GTS bottling. The nose focuses on more savory elements of sandalwood, camphor, licorice and leather. The palate is pure black fruit, focused and kept fresh by all the acidity of the vintage. Tannin is what always separates out Diamond Mountain wines. When vintages achieve full tannin maturity, there’s no more intriguing AVA in Napa.
Thomas Rivers Brown