2013 Diamond Creek "Red Rock Terrace" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Rock Terrace comes from seven acres of the 20-acre vineyard (whereas the Gravelly Meadow emerges from five acres). The terroir is iron-rich, red, rocky soil in contrast to the light, gravelly, ashy soils of the Gravelly Meadow. Super-intense, rich, more backward and powerful than the Gravelly Meadow, this dense purple wine offers up notes of beef blood, crème de cassis, blackberry, licorice and earth. Full-bodied, powerful and incredibly well-balanced, this is wine for 25-30 or more years of aging. In fact, don’t plan on drinking a bottle for at least another 5-8 years. (RP)
Aromas of blackberry, blueberry and warm stone. Full body, very layered. Perfectly fine tannins. Round and dense texture yet perfectly balanced. A pretty and joyous young wine. 537 cases made. Enjoy tasting but better in four or five years.
*Two Stars* A little deeper and denser than its mates and fitted with plenty of vibrant young cassis- and cola-scented fruit in its generous aromas, the Red Rock Terrace bottling boasts solid and convincing concentration, clear varietal focus and tannic grip to last a decade and more. It offers a bit of a weightier choice for lovers of the Diamond Creek style, but, in truth, the differences between this wine and its mates are not all that great considered within the context of the broader field of top Cabernets, and we would be happy with each one.
Though the 2013 has yet to be reviewed, the previous vintage earned a whopping 99 points from James Suckling: "Impressive aromas of clay, dust and blueberries. Lots of black currants too. Pure fruit. Full body plus velvety and soft cashmere-textured tannins. It’s very structured. Needs at least five to six years to come together, but a fabulous wine. Greatest Red Rock ever?" (07/2015)