2008 Diamond Creek "Red Rock Terrace" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Rich, creamy and layered, with a complex mix of plum, wild berry, mineral and espresso flavors. As smooth-textured as this gets early on, with a wonderful finish that sails on. Seductive and alluring. Drink now through 2024.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Rock Terrace is lighter in body than the Gravelly Meadow. It is perhaps a bit more aromatically expressive than that wine, but less deep and complex. Today, the Red Rock Terrace is hard to get a read on as the tannins are massive. Still, there is a lot going on in the glass. Iron, tar, licorice, dark red fruit and deep veins of minerality propel the tense, powerful finish. This is going to be a fascinating wine to follow. Anticipated maturity: 2023-2048. (93+)
*Cellar Selection* Tastes fairly straightforward now, with fresh, vigorous blackberry, blueberry, cherry, anise and mocha flavors that have a minerally bite. The tannins are tough, gritty and dry, as befits a young Cabernet grown on Diamond Mountain. Needs time, and lots of it. Hold until after 2016, at least.
*one star* The deepest, fullest and toughest of the Diamond Creek trio this year, the Red Rock Terrace edition is a sturdy and structured wine that demands the most patience of the bunch. Its themes of dark fruit may survive an onslaught of latter-palate tannin, but it will be many years before the wine has softened and smoothed into maturity.