Phil Steinschriber has farmed Diamond Creek's vineyards and made the wines since the early 1990s. Of the estate bottlings, he finds Red Rock to be the most immediately accessible, a wine grown on a north-facing slope in red, iron-rich soils. The way the new oak plays into the fruit complexity in 2007 lends it first-growth stature. The small-berry concentration follows through on that promise with a crescendo of flavor, pure ripe currant that lasts with a rich, smoky savor. The structure, depth and character of the wine is classical, a California original from the 1960s that's buffed to a contemporary gloss. This is a great vintage of Red Rock.
*Cellar Selection* Awfully good, a wine that strikes you right off the bat as important and complex. It’s dry and densely packed in blackberry and cherry pie filling, red currant, licorice and sweet, smoky oak flavors. Very good and rich, with complicated tannins, and soft enough to drink now, although it should age well.
Here again is a wine that stays outside classic Diamond Creek lines and is fairly open and obvious in contrast to the winery's usual firm and structured style. It favors ripeness over keenly defined Cabernet fruit and gathers gruff tannins as it goes. Its rounded beginnings are contrasted by a comparatively tough finish, and compromise keeping of three or four years seems in its best interest.
Tight, firm, intense and concentrated, displaying a trim band of mineral, cedar, dried currant and sage. Full-bodied and gaining depth on the finish, where this starts to open up, offering a glimpse of black licorice and loamy earth. Best from 2012 through 2022.
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