Red

1987 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Red Rock Terrace

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Diamond Mountain
Drink between 2006 - 2015 (Edit)
CT91.6 27 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 26

  • prof b wrote:

    January 31, 2020 - Same bottle as Salil. I agree it started promising before falling apart. I bought this bottle ~10 years ago from a collection in which the wines were typically in great shape. Not so much for this bottle.

  • salil wrote: flawed

    January 31, 2020 - Well, this is a bummer. Starts out promising with some dark fruit and earth, but it quickly falls apart with air and turns into a stewed mess. I suspect this saw some heat.

  • oldwines wrote: 90 points

    November 2, 2019 - I was spurred to try all my 1987 Diamond Creek’s after reading some horrible reviews by both CT users and some “pro’s” including John Gilman of “View From the Cellar” and Steven Tanzer of “Vinous”. Gilman, in particular, I often agree with, so I was quite concerned since I had not tried one of these in many years. They have been in my cellar since release. I decanted all three vineyard cru’s...Gravelly Meadow, Red Rock Terrace and Volcanic Hill at 2:45 pm and tasted them repeatedly and with dinner over the next 8 hours as well as the next day. Right after decanting this was medium to dark garnet with some bricking. It was earthy on the nose with some spice, cedar and leather. Medium+ tannin and acidity. Palate was again quite green and harsh. Later, especially at the 3 1/2 Hour mark, the bricking was gone, the nose had opened with more game meat, vanilla, oak and ripe plum. The finish all along was rather short but the transformation with air is notable and it was dramatically better. If you taste this PnP you are doing yourself a disservice. In my experience Diamond Creek wines need significant time to breathe usually 3-8 hours to be at their best. While this was pleasant enough to have after the air, it was not good on PnP and was frankly my least favorite of the 3 cru’s. It was slightly better than the others the next day but they all were in decline at that point for sure.

  • nywine68 Likes this wine: 94 points

    November 29, 2017 - Very nice, still very youthful. Not nearly as tannic as the Volcanic Hill yet plenty of grip left. Dark saturated cabernet flavors with only a hint of maturity. This will live forever!

  • nywine68 wrote: 95 points

    September 9, 2017 - Gorgeous wine. Bottle and cork in pristine condition. The wine is vibrantly youthful and fresh. A beautiful nose of graphite and smoke gives was to classic cassis cab flavors framed by superfine but clearly present tannins. The flavors linger on nicely. Really hard to put this down.

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View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Bonus Articles, California Cabernet Sauvignon: A Tale of Two Epochs (June 2003)

    (Diamond Creek “Red Rock Terrace” Cabernet Sauvignon) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2002, IWC Issue #104 (link)

    (Diamond Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Red Rock Terrace Diamond Mountain) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1987
  • Type Red
  • Producer Diamond Creek
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Red Rock Terrace
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Diamond Mountain

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 117 (58%)
  • Consumed 84 (42%)

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Steak. Aged Cheddar.

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