2019 Vintage


To be honest, the 2019 vintage took us by surprise. The growing season began with plentiful rains that continued well into the spring and the resulting fruit set and lush canopy prepared us well for the hot summer months. But it was evident early on that the berries would be smaller in size than in 2018. We weren’t particularly bothered by that because sometimes big things come in small packages but we did not anticipate that the vintage would rival the 2018 in greatness. When we tasted through the 2019 Cabernet clones at our annual blending meeting we got our first inking that the vintage was going to be stellar. Sampled from the barrel and despite its youth, you could already taste how elegant and balanced this wine is. It reminded us of the 2016 but a bit more ethereal in tone. But it was was when we tasted it in bottle a few months later that we understood just how great it is.

The 2019 is possibly the most complete wine we’ve made yet. It has everything; layers of savory notes, floral aromatics, and rich black and red fruit. Also, unlike the intensity and tannic structure that were the hallmarks of the 2018, the 2019’s tannins are tamer and the wine is instead balanced by its acidity. It is also ever so subtly lighter in texture for a GTS without losing an ounce of its inky color, luxurious mouthfeel, or mile-long finish Thomas Brown is known for. It’s perhaps the most mature and sophisticated GTS we’ve produced which is obvious to say considering the age of our vines, but took us by surprise right on the heels of the seemingly singular 2018.

Antonio Galloni of Vinous summed it up best when he rated our 2019 GTS Cabernet Sauvignon at 96 points. “The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is superb. In fact, the 2019 might be the best GTS I have ever tasted.” And this is where wine is like art. Greatness is truly in the eye (or in this case, the palate) of the beholder and, as such, one could say it’s almost futile to compare vintages. But we can say for certain that we very much look forward to tasting these two epic vintages side by side in the years to come.

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Winemaker's Notes

2019 shared many similarities to 2018, which is fortunate to have two stellar growing seasons back-to-back. One major differences though was a smaller crop load at the estate mainly due to overall smaller berries. The result in the finished wine is a dark, complex and layered wine that has so much to offer now, and decades to age, unpack and develop.  This wine displays a completely opaque dark purple hue in the glass with a violet halo. Notes of black cherry, wild raspberry, and cedar bough emerge in waves. The densely layered palate expresses notes of black currant, kirsch, black licorice, and smoked meat. Finely integrated tannins and a bright acidity throughout the long floral finish make this a complete, classic Diamond Mountain wine that hits all the right notes at the right time.

Thomas Rivers Brown