In the 1960s, Al Brounstein bought a plot of land, in what is now known as Diamond Mountain District, to the north of Napa Valley. Since then, Al’s vision and tenacity has led Diamond Creek Vineyards to produce some of the most sought after, iconic wines from California.
Inspired by a wine appreciation class which he took at the age of 40, Al decided to quit his job as a Salesman to pursue a new calling – to emulate his two favourite wine regions, Bordeaux and Burgundy, in Napa, California.
Diamond Creek Vineyards was founded on the philosophy that different soils impart distinct flavours in a wine. Planted in 1968 on pebbly, brown soil, the Gravelly Meadow Vineyard comprises approximately 2 hectares of the total Diamond Creek estate.
Carefully sorted berries were cold soaked for 4 to 5 days and fermented from 7 to 9 days, pressed at dryness, then barreled down into select 100% new French oak barriques for élevage of 21 months.
The 2018 vintage gifted us a near-perfect growing season beginning in late February and unfolding into extended ripening and a slow, deliberate harvest beginning October 8 and ending November 6.
Gravelly Meadow is typically the first to be tasted in the line up of the Cabernets from Diamond Creek. Graphite, with sage and steeped black tea on the nose. The tannins are elegant, supported by flavours of currant, plum skin, spice, lavender, minerality, dried herbs, nutmeg and cacao, that linger throughout a long finish.
Napa Valley, California
78.5% Cabernet Sauvignon
5.1% Petit Verdot