Mission Codename In Dyer Need
Galaxy brain: Enigmatic, perplexing, unfathomable; difficult to understand or comprehend.
Every day we’re making huge, galaxy brain moves to find the next great wine.
But sometimes we amaze ourselves. Like, how did we get our hands on a PRIMO 93-point Diamond Mountain Cabernet made by the famous Dyer duo - let alone at this price?!
What do you think of Dyer Mr. Galloni we ask? “Year after year, Dawnine Dyer turns out some of the most compelling, classically built Cabernets in Napa Valley. Dyer remains one of Napa Valley’s under the radar estates. Discerning readers should make a point of checking out these superb wines… I was quite impressed with the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, deep, powerful and savory, in a classic Dyer style…. As always, these Diamond Mountain reds are cut in a classically leaning mold that emphasizes nuance and precision over pure power.”
High praise for the Dyer duo isn’t hard to come by, and we could drop megabytes more here. But moving on…
Usually, these tiny production masterpieces go UP in price as they get older. Obviously, we don’t play that game. So instead of the $95 release retail, or an even higher $110 library price, we knocked it down to a modest $59. For dead serious Cab from Napa?? OH YES.
This combines some serious forces into one incredible bottle. First, you have Diamond Mountain, where names like Diamond Creek, Lokoya, and Von Strasser dwell. A place that yields some tough-as-nails kind of wines - burly, tannic, powerful, and built to age. And with a few extra years of bottle age, this one has settled into a more approachable, softer personality. This is quintessential Diamond Mountain, a style clearly defined by Wine Enthusiast as “wines with a unique texture and expression that offer mountain fruit-richness along with a velvety, plush and round tannin presentation.”
Don’t forget this comes from the hands of Bill and Dawnine Dyer… you know, the duo who spent time at little places like Robert Mondavi, Charles Krug, Domaine Chandon, and Sterling. At Sterling, Bill helped develop their Diamond Mountain Cabernet program. That’s how he became familiar with the tiny AVA in northern Napa Valley. Then they got married, bought a house at the base of the mountain, and planted Dyer Vineyard. Since 1996 they’ve made just a few hundred cases of wine from this prime site, mostly sold to their mailing list. And today you too can get a taste for an insider price.
This is classic, powerful, complex, yet somewhat restrained Napa Mountain Cab (compared to the wildly extracted, jammy valley floor style). Pumped full of black cherry, savory grilled herbs, mint, bittersweet chocolate shavings, and a dusty, flinty minerality. Serious, contemplative stuff. The velvety tannins have softened into friendly little beasts, but it has many years ahead to continue to bloom. Or pair it with the heftiest slow roast feast, think game, lamb, duck, mushrooms, fall root vegetables.
You’re still here?? The serious Cab drinkers already left long ago to grab a few. Not much remains!
93 Points – Antonio Galloni’s Vinous
“The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous. Intensely aromatic and finely sculpted, but also resonant in the glass, the 2014 has a lot going on. Inky blue/purplish fruits, graphite, lavender and menthol are laced into the exquisite, delicate finish. Medium in body and beautifully persistent on the palate, the 2014 stands out for its superb length and exceptional overall balance. Graphite, herbs, lavender and inky black fruit are some of the signatures. The 2014 will probably require a few years of cellaring to soften, but it is impressive, even today. Dyer remains one of the true undiscovered gems of Napa Valley. This is a style that will appeal most to classically leaning palates. Drink 2020-2034.”
Black cherry, savory herbs, mint, bittersweet chocolate
Inky black core just won’t relent any light through while the rim glows thinly with a bright crimson ring
Pumped full of black cherry, savory grilled herbs, mint, bittersweet chocolate shavings, and a dusty, flinty minerality
This is classic, powerful, complex, yet somewhat restrained Napa Mountain Cab, serious, contemplative stuff
The velvety tannins have softened into friendly little beasts, but it has many years ahead to continue to bloom
Pair it with the heftiest slow roast feast, think game, lamb, duck, mushrooms, fall root vegetables
What the Winery Says
2014 Diamond Mountain District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
- Bill & Dawnine Dyer
- 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
- Napa Valley, Diamond Mountain
- Dyer Vineyard
- Rocky, fine volcanic, gravel, ash to richer reds
- 2.3 acres
- Harvest dates
- September 10-22, 2014
- Total acidity
- 5.8 g/L
- 20 months
- 100% new French oak
- 9 barrels