Diamond Creek 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Gravelly Meadow, Napa Valley
Collectors Alert! Diamond Creek is one of the most iconic names in Napa Valley wines. In 1968 Al Brounstein discovered that Diamond Mountain was an extraordinarily good place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. He defined three vineyard locations by their soil and topography and started producing single vineyard Cabs that absolutely blew everyone's mind. His first release was 40 years ago and the wines are still produced in extremely limited quantities that are snapped up by anyone who can get their hands on them. This 2012 is their Fortieth Anniversary release and a special commemorative label adorns each bottle.
Gravelly Meadow is a five acre vineyard and it's the second coolest micro-climate. Originally a pre-historic river bed, this stony, gravelly soil drains rapidly and the vines struggle for moisture. Gravelly Meadow is also the lowest yielding vineyard. The wines are described as "earthy, cedary, jammy and ripe blackberry with a spicy expansive finish." Master of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee on her Asian Palate website scored this 94 points saying "Exuberant and expressive with dark berry, cedar and sweet spices. Opulent and rich in the mid-palate. Beautiful flavor expression that ranges from dark wood to blackberry and spices. There is an earthiness here, which is found in all Diamond Creek wines. Only free-run juice was used." James Suckling just scored this 97 points saying "Aromas of dark fruits such as black currants as well as chili spices. Maybe some tar too. Itís full-bodied with wonderful depth and intensity. This starts slowly and grabs your attention. Voluptuous fruit style. Better in 2020."