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Diamond Collection Sauvignon Blanc

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92 Points, Gold - 2017 LA Intl Wine Competition

91 Points, Gold - 2017 SF Intl Wine Competition

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“The inspiration for the Diamond Collection was a bottle of 1906 Claret we found in the cellar of the Napa Valley property we purchased in 1975. We didn’t really know what Claret was but learned it was the British name for Cabernet blends. I liked the word Claret because the definition implied something that was clear and pure, but I was discouraged from using the term because people wouldn’t know what it meant. Despite opposition, we created a red blend and launched the Diamond Collection with Black Label Claret as our flagship wine. Today, Diamond Collection includes 12 varietals, each identified with a brightly colored label.” —Francis Ford Coppola

Diamond Collection wines are classic California expressions that offer fruit-forward, multi-dimensional flavor and immediate drinkability. To create a light, fresh Sauvignon Blanc that displays good balance and vibrant flavors, we blend grapes from three locations: Alexander Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Lake County. Alexander Valley fruit provides a core of citrus and juicy tropical fruit flavors. The high elevation volcanic soils of Lake County contribute pretty floral notes and the Sonoma Valley grapes boast distinct mineral nuances, which result from the seasonal coastal mist that keeps the temperatures down in this region. In nearly all of these vineyards, the vines are grown on vertical shoot trellises to promote the best sun exposure. To capture the varietal’s aromatic qualities and preserve the fruit’s vibrant, youthful character, the wine is fermented and finished in stainless steel.

VINTAGE NOTES

2016 saw California’s first rainy winter in years. An ideal amount of precipitation at the beginning of the season was followed by warm spring temperatures a few weeks ahead of schedule. Over the course of the vintage, the grapes matured slowly, developing flavor intensity and optimal balance.

TASTING PROFILE

Appearance: Pale Yellow

Aromas: Lemon, Pink Grapefruit, Minerals

Flavors: Citrus, Figs, Tropical Fruits

*We kindly reserve the right to send you the next vintage of this wine should this particular vintage sell out at the time your order is received. 

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