Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Calling all fans of collectable, cult, Californian Cabs. We’ve got a treat in store for you…
Gravelly Meadow is the coolest of Diamond Creek’s terroirs, and the typically produces the most elegant of their sensational Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Expect earthiness combined with blackcurrant, plum crumble, graphite, crushed rocks, lavender, sage, black tea and cacao notes. 2018 presented near-perfect growing conditions and the wines from this vintage are simply sensational. We’re predicting huge scores from critics when they eventually get their hands on this.
Al Brounstein was so inspired by a wine appreciation class that he quit his job as a salesman immediately. A true Francophile, he flew to France and took cuttings from Cabernet Sauvignon vines in Bordeaux, then smuggled them via Mexico into the US. He and his wife, Adelle ‘Boots’ Brounstein, then bought an overgrown and rocky plot of prune trees in the north of Napa Valley. That region is now known as Diamond Mountain District and the iconic wines produced at the Brounstein’s Diamond Creek Vineyard helped to put it on the map.
Founded in 1968, Diamond Creek became California’s first exclusively Cabernet Sauvignon estate. They found that the area they’d bought contained three very different kinds of soil, resulting in three very different wines: Volcanic Hill, Red Rock Terrace and Gravelly Meadow. Adding this information to the labels, they became only the second producer in the state to use vineyard designations.
The Brounsteins have now sadly passed away, but nothing puts the fine wine status they achieved in context quite like Diamond Creek’s new owners. In 2020, the vineyards were purchased by the Rouzauds – one of the wine world’s most powerful and discerning families who also look after Champagne Louis Roederer, Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Domaines Ott, Maison Delas, Ramos Pinto, Merry Edwards and Champagne Deutz.
£39.33 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3318056
Style No.: 838668
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