Nichols Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Diamond Mountain District 2015 | Stunning Value
Nichols Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Diamond Mountain District 2015 is deep ruby. Gorgeous dark fruit is accented by leather and rugged mountain earth notes tinged with vanilla spice. Dense and broad on the palate. While powerful and packed with blackberry, black currant, and cassis, revealing clove, forest floor, and mocha underpinnings. And with beautifully integrated oak notes. Yet, the tannins are rich and ripe, providing strong and balanced structure to the long finish, which reveals sumptuous dark-chocolate notes.
The Nichols Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Diamond Mountain District 2015 is a deep, powerful Cabernet. Notably ripened to perfection high up above the fog line. While brimming with black currant, leather, and cacao, framed by brawny mountain tannins. This is a masterful effort that will improve in the cellar. And promising to be one of the greatest values Britt has delivered to date.
$125 Diamond Mountain wine for $29.99!
Britt Nichols has treated our clients to some of the greatest Cabernet values to be found in Napa Valley. In doing so, she has sourced fruit from some of the Valley’s greatest AVAs — but never Diamond Mountain. Until now. With limited acreage under vine, much of it gobbled up by names like Lokoya, Hall, and Davies for their subscriber-only bottlings, Diamond Mountain Cabernet has been ever so slightly out of Britt’s reach.
But as Britt’s renown as a winemaker has grown, so has her buying power. Britt’s 2015 Reserve is the home run she’s been waiting for. The vineyard source has been named to Wine & Spirits Top 100 list over ten times and is known for high-end, single-site Cabernets that sell for north of $125. Britt’s Nichols Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Diamond Mountain District 2015 drinks like one of these triple-digit gems. But at a fraction of the cost, just $29.99 per bottle.
Diamond Mountain Fruit and Lamborghini Tractors
With her first release of 2015, Britt somehow bottled the audaciousness of that moment and all the rugged power and beauty of Diamond Mountain.
The last time we enjoyed a meal with Britt, we were on the patio at Angèle in downtown Napa, and she told us how her love affair with Diamond Mountain began. “About 10 years ago, I was driving up the mountain, way above the fog line. The roads there are needle-thin, full of hairpin turns, so I was driving really slowly.
When all of a sudden in my rearview mirror I see an old winemaker driving a tractor. The next thing I know he’s pulled up next to me, and a few seconds later he left me in the dust! All I could see was a Lamborghini logo on the back of his tractor. Right then I knew Diamond Mountain was a special place,” she said through a wry smile.
Winemaker Britt Nichols
Winemaker Britt Nichols has more pedigree than many winemakers twice her age, with time spent at Jordan Winery and alongside legends Nicolas Morlet and Philippe Melka. Like those of her mentors, Britt’s Cabernets are deep in color, rich, and intensely concentrated. Yet unlike all too many Napa Valley Cabernets, these are also wines of great class, sleekness, and polish.