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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Gravelly Meadow could pass for a La Mission Haut-Brion in a blind tasting. Loads of crushed rock, earth and minerality are followed by blue fruits, none of the scorched earth you sometimes find in La Mission Haut-Brion in hot years, but beautifully pure blue and black fruits, medium to full-bodied, sweet, ripe tannins, and a layered mouthfeel that builds incrementally to a full-bodied yet elegant and incredibly pure, long finish. This is sensational stuff that should drink well for 25-30+ years. (RP)
*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.
A taut, energetic style, tightly wound and sinewy, allowing enough grainy, graphite, dark berry, cedar and crushed rock minerality through, unveiling a seductive mahogany oak character. Years from peak but likely an endurance Cabernet. Best from 2020 through 2035. 430 cases made. (Web Only-2016)