Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
Smooth and elegant, with a fine tuned core of black cherry, raspberry, blueberry, cedar, spice, coffee, chocolate, herbs and licorice notes. Tannins are firm yet delicate, supporting a long, bright finish redolent of cocoa, vanilla, toast and tangy berries. This is an elegant wine, neatly balanced and downright delicious to the end.
Very complex in a Bordeauxish style, with layers of earth, anise, herb, currant and wild berry. Well-structured, with a long, complex aftertaste, picking up light oak shadings. Drink now through 2010.
The 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Gravelly Meadow's old mushroom and stinky saddle leather characteristics obliterate Cabernet's black currant, cedary, spice box notes. The finish reveals hard, astringent tannin, suggesting the wine will dry out and become out of balance within 4-5 years. This Cabernet is medium-bodied, but excessively tannic.