2002 Cabernet Blend, Diamond Mountain District

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

December 1, 2003

Rating

92-95

Review

The 2002 Diamond Mountain District Young Vines Proprietary Red is a powerhouse, but also extraordinarily elegant and well-delineated. Aromas of smoke, creosote, chocolate, espresso roast, cedar, tobacco, and black fruits galore cascade from the glass of this full-bodied, concentrated, powerful 2002. Still unevolved and primary, this knock-out offering should be more exuberant and forward than the 2001, but qualitatively its equivalent. It will have a good upside of 15 or more years. Get on the bandwagon as David Ramey is on top of his game.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

February 1, 2005

Rating

95

Review

The dense purple-tinged 2002 Diamond Mountain District Young Vines offers rich, sumptuous aromas of burning embers, smoke, blackberries, currants, and a gravel-like hot rock component interwoven with licorice and earth. Supple-textured and full-bodied, with more flamboyance and accessibility than the more muscular 2001, it will drink well for 8-14 years.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

May/June 04

Rating

91-94

Review

Deep ruby. Big, rich nose combines chocolate, game and roasted herbs. Deep and liqueur-like, with extravagant chocolate and spice flavors. Broad and plush but classically dry. Finishes with suave, building tannins and excellent spine.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

May/June 05

Rating

93

Review

Deep, saturated ruby-red. Roasted plum, black raspberry, dark chocolate, tar, licorice and meat on the nose; simultaneously shows a port-like character and a medicinal austerity. Lusher and sweeter than the Claret, with palate-coating flavors of blackberry, blueberry and truffle. "A wine of irrational exuberance," notes Ramey. Finishes very long, with mouthcoating tannins and a ripeness verging on roasted.

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

February 28, 2005

Rating

92

Review

Smooth, rich and fleshy, this is a notably complex and concentrated youngster, with a tasty core of ripe currant, black cherry, cedar, olive and sage notes that are well-focused, ending with a complex aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2006 through 2012. 1,330 cases made.