Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending about 60 hours with a bottle of Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow, and I thought I would like to share this experience. This wine has long been one of my favorite California Cabernet Sauvignons. Planted in 1968 with Bordeaux cuttings smuggled in via Tujiana, the late Al Brounstein released his first wine in 1972. Diamond Creek has always produced dense and structured Cabernets with complex fruit, good acidity and balance. The saturated, rich color along with cedar and violet on the nose layer into flavors of black currants, plum, licorice and minerality. By hour 60 I had about two-thirds of a glass left and thought I should save it for the morning, for research purposes, but I just couldn’t do it. The next day I decided that wanted to give the opportunity to a guests to try this incredible wine, opened up, in all its California Cabernet glory.
Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow 2006, available by-the-glass, $50, served in a Riedel Cabernet Sauvignon glass.