This wine will be featured during Saturday’s Legends of Bordeaux and Napa
Producer’s Tasting Note: Planted in 1968 on pebbly brown soil, the Gravelly Meadow Vineyard comprises approximately 5 acres of the Estate. It is a relatively flat site that was once a pre-historic riverbed. Situated in one of the cooler microclimates on the Diamond Creek estate, the vineyard possesses pebbly, porous brown soils which drain rapidly, compelling the vines to struggle for moisture. Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon is typically the first to be tasted in the line-up of Diamond Creek Cabernets. Gravelly Meadow often evokes freshly tilled earth, currant, plum, and ripe blackberry flavors, well-defined, elegant tannins and a mineral, persistent finish.
Critic Tasting Note: “The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Gravelly Meadow is a blend of 78.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.4% Merlot, 8% Malbec and 5.1% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, it slips effortlessly from the glass, singing of ripe black cherries, black raspberries and cassis, plus hints of red currants, roses, cinnamon stick and garrigue. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers lovely freshness, offering bags of perfumed black fruits in the mouth, beautifully supported by fine-grained tannins, finishing long with lots of soft-spoken floral and mineral whispers. This perfumed beauty wears the 2018 vintage stamp well, presenting a more delicate expression of this vineyard—one that I love!” 97 Points, Wine Advocate, 3/2021
Producer Description: Diamond Creek Vineyards is an iconic Napa Valley estate with a long history of making some of California’s most revered Single-Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. For over a half century Diamond Creek has produced Single-Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons from its stunning estate on Napa Valley’s Diamond Mountain. True to the mission of its founders, the winery has never veered from its path of creating wines that express the unique terroirs that coexist on this geologically diverse yet relatively small piece of earth. Today we carry on this tradition, committed to preserving Diamond Creek’s long celebration of site-driven, estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon while nurturing the property and its wines to even higher expressions of quality and singularity. Diamond Creek Vineyards was founded in 1968 by Al and Boots Brounstein, pioneers of the modern Napa Valley wine industry. Risk-takers and visionaries, who early on, recognized the valley’s suitability for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, they also understood the powerful role that soils and microclimates play in determining the character of a wine.