2018 - Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon
14B8DCGMSM _ 2018 - Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon - 1x150cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Diamond Creek
Region
Napa Valley
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2024 - 2047
Case size
1x150cl
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2018 DIAMOND CREEK GRAVELLY MEADOW CABERNET SAUVIGNON - 1x150cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Diamond Creek
Region
Napa Valley
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2024 - 2047
Case size
1x150cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £545.35 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, October 2021,
    Score: 95

    Diamond Creek's 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Gravelly Meadow is sensual, racy and pliant, with striking aromatic presence and gorgeous mid-weight structure. Rose petal, lavender, spice, menthol and red/purplish fruit all grace this silky Cabernet. Best of all, the 2018 will drink well with minimal cellaring. Drink 2026-2048.

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, March 2021,
    Score: 97

    The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Gravelly Meadow is a blend of 78.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.4% Merlot, 8% Malbec and 5.1% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, it slips effortlessly from the glass, singing of ripe black cherries, black raspberries and cassis, plus hints of red currants, roses, cinnamon stick and garrigue. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers lovely freshness, offering bags of perfumed black fruits in the mouth, beautifully supported by fine-grained tannins, finishing long with lots of soft-spoken floral and mineral whispers. This perfumed beauty wears the 2018 vintage stamp well, presenting a more delicate expression of this vineyard—one that I love! Drink 2023-2048.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2022,
    Score: 98

    Crushed stone fruit, blackcurrants, bay leaf, iodine and seaweed. Full-bodied with blue fruit, firm tannins and super length. It’s austere and so focused. Great length. Needs time to open and show its true self. Harkens back to the late 1970s. Try after 2026.

  • DC

    Decanter, February 2022,
    Score: 95

    Diamond Creek was acquired by the Rouzaud family of Champagne Louis Roederer in March 2020. The 2ha Gravelly Meadow vineyard sits at 170m in one of the Diamond Creek estate’s cooler microclimates, on the pebbly, free-draining soils of an ancient riverbed. After a ‘a near-perfect’ growing season, the 2018 vintage is based on 79% Cabernet Sauvignon with portions of Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, aged in 100% new French oak for 21 months. Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW: Lots of blackcurrant, very ripe, rich mouthfeel, tannins very high, quite austere and chalky, oak well integrated. James Doidge MW: Sherbet and strawberry aromas, intense blackcurrant, strawberry and black pepper, vanilla and coffee. Long, lush. Stefan Neumann MS: Charming, inviting style, notes of mint, green tea, some lemon and/or orange blossom. Balanced, mellow, top-notch. Drink 2022-2040.

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Producer

Diamond Creek

In 1968, visionaries Al and Boots Brounstein changed the destiny of Napa Valley wines forever. Ignoring the naysayers and recognising the region’s potential for growing exceptional Single-Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, they ventured to plant Bordeaux varietals while the creditors tried to convince them otherwise. With naught but a borrowed tractor, Al cleared 20 acres of land in the secluded Diamond Mountain AVA, and Diamond Creek was born. Carved out of the mountain, Diamond Creek consists of four distinctly different vineyards – Gravelly Meadow, Lake Vineyard, Red Rock Terrace, and Volcanic Hill – all of which are blessed with a unique microclimate and soil type. While the single vineyard wines are vinified and matured identically, each wine has its own personality, expressing the individuality of the microsites from where they are grown. Now owned by the Rouzard family of world-renowned Maison Louis Roederer, the Brounsteins have found the perfect successors to Diamond Creek: a family with a deep devotion to history and tradition, and a pioneering vision for the future of all its estates.

Region

Napa Valley

This small town north of San Francisco has grown up to be one of California’s most famous wine regions. It is home to opulent Cabernets and sweetly-spiced Zinfandels, grown across many sub-regions including Stags Leap, Rutherford, Oakville and others. Cooling ocean fogs roll in from the Pacific at night and burn off in the summer sunshine, keeping the region cooler than you would expect for its latitude, and help produce some of the best Californian wines. Napa wines have the concentration and structure to age magnificently.