2014 Provenance Diamond Mountain
Vintage : 2014
Country : USA
Region : Diamond Mountain
As their name suggests, the pedigree of Provenance wines is of utmost importance. They go straight to the source for the highest quality fruit in the Napa Valley, forging enduring relationships with the region’s top wine grape producers. Their winemakers are purists, relying on the finest winemaking traditions to extract elegant, powerful wines that express their premium vineyard origins rather than the winemakers’ interventions..
The wines from Provenance Vineyards in Rutherford. They have consistently produced wines of the highest quality and done so for incredibly affordable prices. However over the last couple of years the wines were missing in action here due to some supplier issues that we don't need to get into so when the 2013 Rutherford Cabernet bottling turned up on my desk I was incredibly excited about the possibility to work with the brand again. Then we tasted the wine. Talk about being blown away! I can say without question, and I've worked with this brand since its inception, that this is the best Provenance Rutherford Cabernet I've ever had. Provenance Vineyards began all the way back with the release, in the early 2000's, of the 1999 version of this Rutherford Cab. At that point in time I was new in the wine biz and just learning the ropes. I was working at a small shop and we tasted a ton of wine together, which really helped bring my palate along rapidly, and I can still remember tasting the first vintage of this wine. Tom Rinaldi had just left Duckhorn to help start this winery and everyone was intrigued on why he would do such a thing, I mean he made like 20+ years at Duckhorn and helped them build their brand from scratch. But once we tasted the wine we knew we were in for a fun ride. Now 15 years later or so we are still reaping those rewards
Our Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon comes from vines planted at 500 to 900 feet of elevation in the northern reaches of the Mayacamas Mountains. While the Diamond Mountain American Viticultural Area (AVA) encompasses 5,000 acres, only 500 acres are planted because of the steep terrain. Our estate vineyard, planted entirely to Cabernet Sauvignon, totals 50.63 net vine acres. The site’s deep, well-draining Aiken loam soils—iron-rich and acidic—are formed from weathered basic volcanic rock. Cool breezes coming through the Sonoma Gap give the grapes their excellent sugar-to-acid balance and long hang time. We chose clones 4, 6, 8 and 169 and planted the younger vines with closer spacing for greater competition between the vines, resulting in small clusters with deep flavor intensity.
95 Points, James Suckling
“So aromatic you can smell the forest floor and berry character. Full body, yet reserved and tight. Beautifully clear and vivid fruit and fine tannins. This is very polished and focused. A fantastic example. Better in 2021.” - James Suckling