The dense purple-tinged 2002 Diamond Mountain District Young Vines offers rich, sumptuous aromas of burning embers, smoke, blackberries, currants, and a gravel-like hot rock component interwoven with licorice and earth. Supple-textured and full-bodied, with more flamboyance and accessibility than the more muscular 2001...(RP)
A beauty layered in black. Give this time, and scents of rose, red raspberry and purple plum all begin to emerge from the dark intensity. The fine musculature becomes more apparent, as does the elegance of all its richness in control. This wields tannic power within the fruit itself, completely integrated so the elements yield amplitude and a lasting savor, all their forces combined. This vintage comes from a vineyard above Diamond Creek, planted on gravelly clay-loam soils.
Deep, saturated ruby-red. Roasted plum, black raspberry, dark chocolate, tar, licorice and meat on the nose; simultaneously shows a port-like character and a medicinal austerity. Lusher and sweeter than the Claret, with palate-coating flavors of blackberry, blueberry and truffle. "A wine of irrational exuberance," notes Ramey. Finishes very long, with mouthcoating tannins and a ripeness verging on roasted.
Aging very well, very rich and concentrated, with a smoothness to the texture. Melted chocolate, date-nut bread and dried berry give this a rich range of flavors. Turns firm on the finish, where the tannins are chewy, yet ripe flavors push through. (Web-2012)
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