2001 Cabernet Blend, Diamond Mountain District

Publications

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

December 1, 2003

Award

94

Review

The spectacular 2001 Diamond Mountain District Young Vines Proprietary Red is a 775-case blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot, and 7% Cabernet Franc. Ramey utilized about 40% new oak on this cuvee, and 50% on the Jericho Canyon, well under the levels most top California Cabernet proprietors use. This fabulous 2001's inky/purple color is followed by a gorgeous bouquet of creosote intermixed with cedar wood, black currants, roasted espresso bean, chocolate, and creme de cassis. Classic Bordeaux in structure, but richer and thicker, this medium to full-bodied Cabernet possesses tremendous density, structure, and purity as well as a remarkably long finish. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020. Get on the bandwagon as David Ramey is on top of his game.

Wine

2001 Cabernet Blend, Diamond Mountain District