What We Grow

Diamond Ridge Foreman, Danel Hernandez

Diamond Ridge Foreman, Danel Hernandez

Many experts contend that mountain vineyards have the inherent ability to produce fruit quality which exceeds that of the valley floors. We agree! As one of our avid grape clients remarked, “Diamond Ridge is without question the diamond in Lake County’s crown.”

Consistent quality, coupled with the nuances our clonal menu and the distinctive nuances imparted by the aspect and soil type of each of our 30 vineyard blocks, have proven a wining formula for out friends in Napa and Sonoma. Our Merlot has come through as a true superstar, with remarkable color, intense red fruit, zero vegetal aromas and driving minerality. Perhaps most successful of all, our Cabernet Franc possesses a combination of intense spice, palate energy, depth of flavor, and understated herbal complexity which mark it as one of our the most successful projects. Our Malbec is so fine that, frankly, it’s no longer for sale.

Apart from our success with Bordeaux varieties, we are frankly darned proud of our Petite Sirah. Granted, anybody can grow this variety to show plenty of tannin and color, but it’s rare to bring that together with finesse, depth and dimensionality. Our client WineSmith had this to say: “Diamond Ridge Petite Sirah has incredibly dense structure, astonishing color, massive but supple tannins, intense blueberry, lush texture, and above all, profound depth. If there is a better site in California for this varietal, I’d like to see it.”

 

Cab Franc

Sensory Characteristics Clones / Rootstocks Location
A very complete Cab Franc with bright red fruit, Christmas spice and almost no vegetal aspect, moderate color, masculine tannin and the most minerally finish of all our plantings. 1/5BB Block 15

Cabernet Sauvignon

Sensory Characteristics Clones / Rootstocks Location
Clone 4 produces extremely rich pomegranate fruit, moderate tannin, and medium-dark color. 4/5BB Blocks 11b, 18a
4/110R Blocks 8a, 8b
4/101-14 Blocks 4a, 4b
4/3309 Blocks 3a, 3b