2007 Diamond Creek "Gravelly Meadow" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1052760 95 points Wine & Spirits

 The five acres at Gravelly Meadow are part of an ancient riverbed, the coolest site of Diamond Creek's three main vineyards. It produced a heady 2007, almost off-putting in its power at first. The flavors progress from the richness of new oak toward a grape and soil expression similar to the fruitiness of black mushrooms. It's sleek, juicy and dark in tone, the finesse of the wine already making it delicious, while the tightness of the underlying structure suggests years of development ahead.  (12/2010)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This baby Cabernet plays tricks on the palate, showing appealing soft, delicious complexity, then retreating into a cloak of tannins, and then emerging again with sweet fruit and spice. It’s bone dry, although the cherries and blackberries show a baked-into-the-pie caramelized sweetness. Give this bottle a good six years in the cellar, and it should continue to evolve for far longer. *Cellar Selection*  (3/2011)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Showing real kinship with its mates insofar as it eschews high ripeness in favor of defined Cabernet fruit, this wine strikes us as the deepest and most complex of the bunch. It leads with aromas of dark fruits, toast and dried herbs and follows on with layered, like-minded flavors that are presently blunted by youthful back-end tannins. Its overall balance and structure are such that we have no qualms about setting it aside for another five or six years.  (12/2010)

K&L Notes

Once again, Diamond Creek shines in 2007, a testimony to this esteemed estate's late owner Al Brounstein. The second-coolest microclimate that Diamond Creek sources from is the five-acre Gravelly Meadow vineyard. Originally a prehistoric river bed, this stony, gravelly soil drains rapidly and the vines struggle for moisture. As a result, Gravelly Meadow is D.C.'s lowest yielding vineyard, and its wines among the very, very best in California. Earthy, cedary, jammy and ripe, with blackberry flavor and a spicy, expansive finish. Impressive as all get out!

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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.

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.


- 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.
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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.