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.
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*
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.
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