Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Wine & Spirits - "It smells like the manzanita groves on the hillside above Gravelly Meadow; that, plus racy red and black fruit, lean forest-berry flavors that layer wit ha cool soil character in the tannins as the scent draws you in to the taste. What's equally beautiful is the texture, capturing the concentrated flavors and presenting them with silken grace. Under all that supple, lean muscle, the wine has a strong spine, structured to go the distance in the cellar. "
Wine Spectator - "Sleek and perfumed, this is relatively supple and polished, with a mix of loamy earth, juicy berry, mint and underbrush flavors. Should reward cellaring. Best from 2016 through 2030."
The Wine Advocate - "The dense purple-colored 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Gravelly Meadow offers stony notes intermixed with cassis and gravel along with a striking minerality, rich, deep cassis fruit, well-concealed and integrated new oak, and a long, structured finish. These cuvees are generally meant for considerable cellaring, and this wine needs to be forgotten for 5-6 years and drunk over the following 20-25 years.
Connoisseurs' Guide - "Always a favorite in these quarters over the years, the Gravelly Meadow bottling has more of tailored quality than does the Volcanic Hill, and here, in this vintage makes a lighter, less dramatic statement that will be the darling of those who like a more classic approach. To be sure, there is plenty of cassis and black cherry precision to the aromas, and the supple beginnings on the palate are somewhat more finesseful while still carrying the expected tannins for age. Latter palate acidity also tightens things up a touch and adds to the notion that cellartime is needed."
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Diamond Creek Winery
Diamond Creek, California's first "Cabernet only" estate vineyard, was established in 1968. Visionary pioneer, Al Brounstein, defied modern convention 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. View all Diamond Creek Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
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 lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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