Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

$165.00
Item No. 112648
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS93
  • WE93
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1997
  • WS93
  • 1996
  • WS91
  • 1985
  • WS89
  • 1983
  • WS93
  • 1978
  • WS95
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Winemaker's Notes

Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon is earthy, cedary and jammy with ripe blackberry, followed by a spicy expansive finish.

Critical Acclaim

"Engagingly complex, detailed, subtle and layered, offering a mix of plum, dark berry, mineral and cedar flavors. Dry around the edges, but very complete and expansive on the finish, where the flavors weave together. Best from 2013 through 2023. 326 cases made."
93 Points

"With hard tannins that shut down the mouth's basic tasting function, this Cabernet feels tough and resistant now. Yet it has a fantastically intense core of blackberry and black currant fruit whose sweetness is grounded with a tug of minerals. Classic young Diamond Creek, it needs at least eight years in the cellar, and should develop well beyond that.
Cellar Selection"
93 Points

Learn About Diamond Creek Map ItMap It

Diamond Creek, California's first "Cabernet only" estate vineyard, was established in 1968. Visionary pioneer, Al Brounstein, defied modern convetion and planted Bordeaux varietals on secluded Diamond Mountain. The three distinct soil types on theis 20-acre property produce different single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. Light ash soild of Volcanic Hill is in sharp contrast to the iron-rich Red Rock Terrace and the pebbly Gravelly Meadow. Each year, the estate produces a small amount of long-lived wines that are revered by connoisseurs the world over.

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

Read More About Napa Valley

Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon

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