Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Red Rock Terrace has velvety tannins. The wine is rich and well balanced, medium dark ruby color with cherry, mint and black currant flavors.
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Nose of redwood forest, pine needles, red currants and black cherries. The palate is elegant, high-toned and tight even at 10 years of age. The tannin structure is focused yet finessed, gently unfolding over a layered finish. As with Diamond Creek's other two Cabernets, this is built for the long-term and only just starting to show secondary characteristics. Drinking Window 2021 - 2036
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Rock Terrace is composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec and 1% Merlot. It was aged for 22 months in French oak, 100% new. Medium to deep garnet in color, wonderfully sprightly black and blue fruit notes come bounding out of the glass—blueberry pie, crème de cassis and baked plums—with hints of camphor, chocolate box, pencil shavings, unsmoked cigars and cardamom. The medium-bodied palate has wonderful harmony and fantastic freshness, delivering a compelling ferrous character among the spicy black fruit preserves, finishing long and savory.
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.
One of the most prestigious wines of the world capable of great power and grace, Napa Valley Cabernet is a leading force in the world of fine, famous, collectible red wine. Today the Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that this marriage came to light; sudden international recognition rained upon Napa with the victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris.
Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly dominates Napa Valley today, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and earning the most critical acclaim. Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure, acidity, capacity to thrive in multiple environs and ability to express nuances of vintage make it perfect for Napa Valley where incredible soil and geographical diversity are found and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that express specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil—as a perfect example, Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.