Michael Klopka purchased the 150 acre estate in 1998 atop Diamond Mountain, but it wasn’t a palatial estate – even a “Diamond in the rough” was an understatement. It was a densely forested, nearly inaccessible woodland tract that choked sunlight. It took a while to clear, and create 2 parcels (Cori and Sophie) totaling six acres of Bordeaux varietals. Most of the fruit is sold, but a special section is kept for the SummitVineRanch wines – only 138 cases were produced! The first harvest was in 2004 (they sold it all to Coho for 10 years), and the Inaugural Summit Vine Ranch offering was the 2013 vintage, so this is the 5th release from this producer.
FYI: Diamond Creek is next door to Michael’s SummitVine Ranch vineyard, and at this low $70s price, you have yourself a real bargain from this mountaintop estate!
Wine Spectator 94 Points: “This is really packed with dark, vibrant blackberry, plum and black currant fruit that pumps along with terrific energy while being underscored with roasted alder, sweet tobacco and licorice root notes through the finish. A large-scaled wine that is rippling with energy. Best from 2023 through 2033. “
Winery Notes: The intense garnet color of our Cabernet is striking. With a nose of classic Diamond Mountain as its base, the wine provides aromas of black cherry, cola and black currant. The wine is rich with flavors of Boysenberry preserves, vanilla and caramel. It has terrific depth that lingers afterward. This wine has gritty tannins that are wonderfully integrated, making this wine delicious now and well beyond 2030.