Diamond Creek 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Gravelly Meadow, Napa Valley
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 41 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. 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." James Suckling scored just this 2013 98 points saying "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." Extremely Limited!!