Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label

Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Diamond Creek's second coolest micro-climate is the five-acre Gravelly Meadow vineyard. Originally a pre-historic river bed, this stony, gravelly soil drains rapidly and the vines struggle for moisture.

Gravelly Meadow is the winery's lowest yielding vineyard. The wines are described as "earthy, cedary, jammy and ripe blackberry with a spicy expansive finish."

Critical Acclaim

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JS 98
James Suckling
The aromas to this wine are phenomenal with blueberry and blackberry. It is so perfumed and floral with violets, lilacs and roses. Full body, firm tannins and super silky tannins. Yet cool and racy. Minerally with stone, as it should be. Classic Diamond Creek style. Better in 2020 but a joy to taste.
RP 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Gravelly Meadow could pass for a La Mission Haut-Brion in a blind tasting. Loads of crushed rock, earth and minerality are followed by blue fruits, none of the scorched earth you sometimes find in La Mission Haut-Brion in hot years, but beautifully pure blue and black fruits, medium to full-bodied, sweet, ripe tannins, and a layered mouthfeel that builds incrementally to a full-bodied yet elegant and incredibly pure, long finish. This is sensational stuff that should drink well for 25-30+ years.
D 96
Decanter
Notes of cassis, rich earth and pencil shavings lead into a seamless, elegant but authoratative wine that nods to the Médoc. This is the most refined of the Diamond Creek bottlings, hailing, as its name suggests, from dry-farmed vines growing in deep gravel soils.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Grown on a five-acre prehistoric river bed, the vines behind this wine struggle and yield modestly, making for an intensity of fruit and tannin. Tangy, grippy and satisfyingly bright in acidity, it shows cooler elements of dried herb, pencil lead and cedar atop a smooth, velvety palate.
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Diamond Creek, California
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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.
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Diamond Mountain is the northernmost mountain appellation in the Mayacamas Range, on the northwest side of the valley floor, above the town of Calistoga. Defined mainly by elevation, vineyards are planted at 400 to 2,200 feet.

Diamond Mountain vineyards receive plenty of sunshine at these elevations and are typically above the coastal fog line. But given its western proximity, the area still easily cools down from early morning and late afternoon Pacific Ocean breezes. The AVA (American Viticultural Area) covers 5,000 acres but just over 500 acres are under vine.

Diamond Mountain soils, mainly weathered, red sedimentary rock and decomposed, volcanic ash, are infertile, quick-draining and produce small, thick-skinned grapes, bursting with chewy tannins.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Zinfandel have great success here.

Like other sub-appellations in Napa Valley, the Diamond Mountain area had no shortage of pioneer winemakers. Rudy von Strasser led the effort for Diamond Mountain to acquire AVA status in 1999.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

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