Diamond Creek "Red Rock Terrace" Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley
This is one of the most revered, ageable, collectible Napa Cabs anywhere, period. We're offering winery direct pricing on this investment-grade gem; it will only increase in value.
Founded by Boots and Al Brounstein in 1968, they achieved a series of firsts: the first to vinify and market a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon; the first to sell for over $100 (in the '70s!); and among the first to identify and separate their vineyards by soil type.
Hence their three iconic vineyards: Gravelly Meadow, Volcanic Hill, and this Red Rock Terrace. In my mind, the iron-rich Red Rock Terrace produces more vibrant, mineral-dense Cabs with grit, tannin, extracted fruit and mountainous volcanic intensity.
I've developed a relationship with this estate over the years as a restaurant wine buyer and procured a limited number of bottles to share, at essentially their winery release price. I have fond memories of sending my annual allocation requests directly to the late Boots Brounstein, who passed away in 2019.
Earlier this year the estate was sold to the Louis Roederer company. No doubt quality will not be sacrificed (the same winemaker will continue on) but nevertheless their previous vintages' value have only gone up in value as they hearken back to their family-owned, pre-corporate era.
This wine needs, downright deserves, several more years to achieve its full awesome potential. It's wound as tight as a spring; I've had Diamond Creek Cabs going back to the epic '70s and they can age for the long haul. Look up their scores if it pleases you – they consistently achieve high nineties. Tuck this gem away in your cellar for two decades and watch it appreciate in quality and value. Limited! Free shipping on just one bottle.