In 1998, Hal and Maureen Taylor bought a 16 acre property on Napa Valley’s famous Diamond Mountain. They produced their first estate wine the following year. The steep hillsides are planted with 5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Josh Brown is the vineyard manager and ensures that yields are low enough to produce the extracted wines the Taylors are known for. He works closely with the winemaking team through every step of the growing season.
Thomas Brown was recently hired as the head winemaker at Diamond Terrace. He is taking over for Joe Briggs, who has been with the winery since it was founded. Briggs was known for letting the grapes hang for a substantial period of time to let the sugars and fruit forward flavors develop.
The winery’s current vintage is the 2003 Diamond Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a stunning wine that is remarkably balanced considering its massive fruit flavors. Because the yields were so miniscule that year, the Taylors only produced 250 cases.