2008 Diamond Creek "Red Rock Terrace" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1114650 94 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (11/ 2011)

93 points 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+)  (12/ 2012)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *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.  (12/ 2011)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *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.  (8/ 2011)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.