The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Gravelly Meadow is quite dark and imposing in this vintage. Sweet tobacco, menthol, cloves and mocha form a gorgeous fabric in this deep, supple Cabernet Sauvignon. I won't be surprised if the Gravelly Meadow turns out to be one of the overachievers of the year. There is a lot to like here. (AG)
The challenge with the trio from Diamond Creek is to array them in some sort of order. They are always close, and, if we prefer one to the other, it is never by much and each of these lovelies could wind up in your cellar and serve you well for years to come. This wine is highlighted by inviting aromas of fresh currants, red fruits and touches of spice and dark soils with a faint cola note. Like its mates, it is medium-full in body, and, here, its tannins are a bit more polished even though equally evident. Optimum balance is achieved by its combination of attractive, energetic pieces rather than from structure alone, and we would expect this one to grow for a decade and more.
The old vines planted in 1968 at Gravelly Meadow produced a quieter 2011 than Volcanic Hill; it’s saturated with blue and blackberry flavors at a cool moment of ripeness. The wine’s beauty shifts in and out at different moments over the course of several days, sometimes sunny, plum sweet and a little gruff in its tannins, sometimes shadowed and elegant. It feels the most structured of the three Diamond Creek 2011s, at times tough, brisk and precise.
From the winery’s most pebbly five-acre section of vineyard atop Diamond Mountain, this is dark black-purple in color. The tannins are soft but powerful, eager to age through 2025–2027, while the fruit lies on the currant and plum side of things, with a bit of cedar lurking through. *Cellar Selection*
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