Ramey Diamond Mountain District Red 2003
International Wine CellarFull ruby. Brooding aromas of black fruits, licorice, violet and lead pencil. Dry and broad, with a distinctly chocolatey ripeness. Currently shows less flavor interest than the finished 2002, but this is quite unevolved. Finishes with a boatload of tannins.
Wine AdvocateThe 2003 Diamond Mountain (2,300 cases of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot) comes from an 11-acre gravel/clay vineyard on Diamond Mountain. Dense and full-bodied with huge, concentrated, smoky black currant fruit intermixed with deep, chewy, coffee notes as well as black fruits, it reveals a Bordeaux-like austerity that suggests cellaring for 2-3 years will be beneficial. It can be drunk over the following 15.
Wine SpectatorRuggedly tannic and austere, with complex, concentrated fresh earth, currant, anise and wild berry flavors that clamp down on the finish, ending with a hint of hazelnut and espresso bean. Tannins turn leathery. Decant. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2007 through 2012. 2,300 cases made.