2013 Diamond Creek "Gravelly Meadow" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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. 430 cases made.
*Three Stars* After last year's stunning performance with its 2012s, each of which was lovely and involving, along comes another Diamond Creek vintage that is marching to the same compelling drummer. Choosing one bottling over its siblings and one vintage over the other is not only nigh unto impossible, it is also an exercise that pits one small difference against another. That we have a slight but distinct preference for the graceful, balanced, rich and well-polished Gravelly Meadows offering is due primarily to its extra bit of refinement and its clear black cherry and cassis varietal focus relative to its two partners. But, at this quality level, the differences are subtle and each and every one of this superbly crafted trio is brilliant in its own right.
Though the 2013 has yet to be reviewed, the 2012 vintage earned 95+ points from Antonio Galloni: "Diamond Creek's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Gravelly Meadow opens with an intensely mineral bouquet redolent of graphite, smoke, crushed rocks, incense and dark cherry jam. There is plenty of vintage 2012 richness, but the Gravelly Meadow deftly balances opulence and structure. Today, the Gravelly Meadow is the most dense and unctuous of the wines here." (10/2015)