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Dyer Straits Wine Co. NAPA VALLEY – 96 Points

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Nicholas Pearce Wines Inc. is very pleased to announce the release of an extremely special wine from Diamond Maintain in Napa Valley. This wine was introduced to us by one of Canada’s most respected Sommeliers, Mr. Peter Bodnar Rod. It is thanks to Peter’s connections with the winemakers that Ontario was able to enjoy a small allocation for this rare Christmas release. Thank you Peter for your efforts and thank you Bill and Dawnine Dyer for doing what you love, and doing it oh so very well.

Dyer Cabernet Sauvignon – Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley 2010 $99

LCBO Item # 397810

Release Date : November 06, 2014

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Dyer Cabernet Sauvignon – Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley 2010 $99

94 Points Robert Parker, Wine AdvocateDyer‘s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is superb. The finessed, elegant side of Diamond Mountain comes through in spades. A pedigreed, silky wine, the 2010 impresses for its exceptional balance and pure class. Today the aromas and flavors are naturally quite primary, so readers will want to cellar the 2010 for at least a few years. This is one of the most refined Cabernet Sauvignons I have ever tasted from Diamond Mountain. The only bad news is that yields were down significantly and there are only 250 cases to go around versus the 400 that is more typical. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030.

96 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine Showing precision craftsmanship, this wine hails from a tiny vineyard on Napa’s famed Diamond Mountain. Only 225 cases were produced, but it’s worth a search if you’re looking for classic mountain Cabernet capable of extended aging. The wine has a linearity that defines elegance, yet is rich in blackberries and cassis, with oak nuances. Containing small quantities… – S.H.  (12/31/2013)

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MEET THE NAPA VALLEY WINEMAKERS

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Through Dyer Vineyard and Dyer Straits Wine Co., Bill and Dawnine Dyer bring the rich history and intense flavors of Diamond Mountain Cabernet to life.  The Napa Valley winery in the Diamond Mountain District combines their expertise and experience in one wine- Dyer Vineyard, Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon- a celebration of California’s storied wine-making history.

Bill and Dawnine’s unique perspective and knowledge of wine derives from decades of winemaking, both in the prestigious Napa Valley and around the world.  Together they represent more than 80 years of experience in the wine industry.  In 1996, they planted Dyer Vineyard and started Dyer Straits Wine Co with the goal of bringing focus on the exceptional terroir and extraordinary wines of Napa Valley’s “jewel” on Diamond Mountain.

Find out more about wine masters Bill and Dawnine Dyer, and delve into the history that gives Dyer Straits Wine Co. its original character.  Browse the newest selections and order your own bottle for a taste of real Napa Valley wine.

NAPA VALLEY WINERY & VINEYARD

DYER Vineyard on Diamond Mountain

Diamond Mountain is between St. Helena and Calistoga in the northernmost part of the Myacamas range that forms the western rim of the Napa Valley. Diamond Mountain District has been recognized officially as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) within Napa Valley. We feel our immediate neighborhood, the 1500 block of Diamond Mountain Road is the “filet” of the area as we enjoy close proximity to Diamond Creek, Diamond Terrace, Von Strasser, and Reverie. These wineries are not only good neighbors but are also all producers of superb and collectable Cabernet Sauvignon.

Our site looks to be an ancient rockslide from the hillside above. Ripping the soil to remove rocks in preparation for planting proved futile, so we pushed the largest ones to side, and live with the remainder. Streaks of gravel, chalky tuft, and red soil, all volcanic in origin surround the riolytic stones. Crop levels are low in this difficult site, and have never exceeded 2.5 tons per acre.

The vineyard was planted in 1993 to all five Bordeaux varieties: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% each of Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon was an obvious choice given the neighborhood, but Bill’s previous experience with Diamond Mountain fruit led him to plant the supporting varieties, selecting specific clones of each.

Early on we found that the Malbec did not perform well on this site and budded it over to more Cabernet Sauvignon. More recently we have concluded the Cabernet Franc was particularly complimentary to our blend, and after the 2002 vintage we budded the Merlot vines to give more Franc. The vineyard currently stands at 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot.

As this is a hillside vineyard we are farming with a permanent cover crop (a mix of clover and grasses) to minimize erosion. For weed control we rely on weed whackers and use no herbicides. We have no insect problems and have never used pesticide. We use organic sprays only in controlling mildew and botrytis. This is our front yard after all- we cleared the land and planted the vineyard and it is important to us that we be responsible stewards of the property.

For more information about anything wine in Ontario, visit

    Nicholas Pearce Wines Inc  /  NP@WINES.COM  / 416-918-6425

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