Napa: Diamond Mountain District AVA

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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This AVA is defined by its elevation (400 to 2,200 feet) and ability to capture plenty of sunshine in the daytime and cooling breezes from the Pacific Ocean in early morning and late afternoon. Weathered red sedimentary soils contribute graphite notes to the tannic Cabernet Sauvignons, which benefit from extensive bottle ageing. Von Strasser sets the pace.