Planted on an ancient riverbed, and the coolest of the three vineyards, Gravelly Meadow wines are usually made from the lowest yields. This one sports gravelly minerality of course, but also notes of cigar leaf, black cherry, vanilla, all wrapped around a core of huckleberry pie flavors. Gorgeous.
When the late Al Brounstein carved out a rugged parcel on the slopes of Diamond Mountain almost 50 years ago, he made California history. Three separate parcels (actually four if you include the microscopic "Lake" block) with three distinct soil types were identified and planted in the hopes that they would yield three wines with their own personalities. Four decades hence, Al's vision has been validated, and his family has carried on with what at the time must have seemed like borderline lunacy. The style has evolved - these wines are drinkable far sooner than some of their earlier brethren - but the focus on quality most definitely has not. Join us in raising a glass to 40 years of Diamond Creek!