Red

2017 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Gravelly Meadow

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Diamond Mountain
Drink between 2029 - 2045 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 3

  • Cailles wrote: 94 points

    June 29, 2020 - Mostly Napa Valley 2017s (with 15/16/18 in the mix): Larger merchant tasting. Brief impressions. The highlight of this 2017s tasting were the wines of the Diamond Creek winery. All three single vineyards produced fresh, elegant, weightless wines with great aromatic precision, a very fine structural frame and will certainly be among the early drinking vintages of this winery. Like all 2017s, these wines cannot compete with better vintages in terms of complexity but they are nevertheless a treat to drink. The Red Rock Terrace (93-94 points) is the most feminine of the three, Margaux-like with sweet red fruit and some floral notes at its core. The Gravelly Meadow (94+ points) is an aristocratic St. Julien-like wine with blue fruit and lots of minerality. The Volcanic Hill (96+ points) is like a Pauillac with a broad array of dark berries, cassis, tobacco, leather and Latour-like nuttiness. With that score, the Volcanic Hill was the clear winner of the tasting with the biggest complexity. These Diamond Creek wines are among the best wines Napa Valley has to offer and are a stark contrast to many too ripe, too big Napa cult Cabs

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  • sirpat00 wrote: 94 points

    May 13, 2020 - Putzi's Napa 2017 new arrival tasting: A new Napa arrival tasting hosted by a wine merchant. A total of 30 wines mostly from 2017 (with a few 2018 whites and new releases from 2016 and 2015 in the mix) were presented in various price brackets ($40 to $200+). For 2017 my takeaways were 1) 2017 is already approachable and offers immediate drinking pleasure. But 2) the wines also came across lighter and less layered. 2017 doesn’t seem to have the refinement of 2016, the depth of 2014 or the muscular concentration of 2015. For many, it seems, finding a spot in the sun will be hard with 5 outstanding vintages before and likely 2 more (at least) right behind. There were notable exceptions of course. Wine of the night was Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill 2017 (95) and just whisker behind Viader 2017 (95). A very notable mention deserves the Detert East Block Cabernet Franc 2017 for its unique character (94).

    Tasting note:
    Milk chocolate, full of blue fruit, nuances of sweet spices, tangerine, green herbal notes. A cool palate with a broad-shouldered structure carrying a lot of weight. A fine wine no doubt and apart from a few single wines, the Dimond Creek trilogy had the most consistently good performance with Volcanic Hill slightly ahead of Red Rock and Gravelly Meadow.

  • Philip67 Likes this wine: 94 points

    November 10, 2019 - Blueberries, young. Perfumed - violets. Spicy vanilla.
    Rich but restrained. Warm earthy, lively.

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    Napa Valley’s 2018s, 1/27/2021 (link)

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    Napa Valley’s Thrilling 2018s & 2019s, Part 1 (Jan 2021), 1/1/2021 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Nov/Dec 2020, Issue #90, Recently-Tasted American Wines The First of the 2019 Vintage and Plenty of Older Wines, 11/1/2020

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2017
  • Type Red
  • Producer Diamond Creek
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Gravelly Meadow
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Diamond Mountain

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  • Pending Delivery 8 (2%)
  • In Cellars 396 (93%)
  • Consumed 24 (6%)

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