Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (750 ml)

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  • JS: 98
  • RP: 97
  • WE: 95

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Tasting Notes and Description

Tasting Notes For Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Our second coolest micro-climate is our 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 our lowest yielding vineyard. The wines are described as "earthy, cedary, jammy and ripe blackberry with a spicy expansive finish."

Critic Ratings

Wine Spectator Review - Issue Sep 30, 2021 - Rated 94:
Ripe and a bit showy in feel, with a blast of cassis and plum puree notes liberally laced with violet, singed apple wood and red licorice. A mix of iron and warm stone accents cut in on the finish, pulling everything together as the violet note takes an encore. Best from 2022 through 2038. 647 cases made. — JM

Wine Enthusiast Review - Published 10/1/2021 - Rated 95:
This pebbly portion of the estate vineyard consists of five acres, originally planted in 1968. With small percentages of Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, it is woody in forest, graphite and clove, with a silky, rounded and expansive palate of rich, red fruit. With balanced acidity and structure, it has a long, spicy finish of clove and will do well in the cellar. Enjoy best from 2028–2038. VIRGINIE BOONE

James Suckling Review - Published April 28, 2022 - Rated 98:
Crushed stone fruit, blackcurrants, bay leaf, iodine and seaweed. Full-bodied with blue fruit, firm tannins and super length. It’s austere and so focused. Great length. Needs time to open and show its true self. Harkens back to the late 1970s. Try after 2026.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate Review - Published 31st Mar 2021 - Rated 97:
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! 647 cases were made. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Winery Diamond Creek - Gravelly Meadow
Country United States
Region Napa Valley, California
Year 2018
Grape Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Size 750 ML
ABV 14.5%
Wine Style Red Wine

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