Tasting Notes: The 2016 Mueller Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is a highly focused and hedonistic wine on all levels. Opaque garnet red in color, the nose offers complex aromas of blackberry pie, cassis, black licorice, anise and a hint of vanilla. Instantly warm and seamless, the wine embraces the palate with interwoven layers of mature velvety tannins. The ripe black fruit, minerality, tannins and acidity are almost impossible to distinguish because the wine is so well integrated and balanced. Notes of bittersweet cocoa, espresso, allspice and iodine emerge on the finish and aftertaste. Succulent and easily enjoyable now, this wine will evolve through 2037 and beyond.
Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot
2016 Growing Season: Following three years of dry winters, the 2016 growing season on Diamond Mountain began with normal rainfall. This moisture, along with warm temperatures in April, gave the vine canopies a strong start. The season remained fairly warm and moderate, with the exception of elevated temperatures in late June and early July. Cool breezes coming in via the Sonoma Gap, which allowed the fruit to ripen slowly, helped make 2016 an extraordinary vintage on Diamond Mountain. September was cool, so we were able to bring in healthy, perfectly ripe fruit on September 28, 2016.
Winemaking: Following destemming, we cold-soaked the must for 72 hours before the start of fermentation. After a 21-day maceration, we aged the free-run wine for 20 months in 65% new French oak barrels. 151 cases made.