Red Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon

Red Diamond Cabernet SauvignonI’ve been wanting to get some Washington State wine on this site and I finally have my first with this Washington State Cabernet from Red Diamond. 
Red Diamond is subdue a relatively new brand to see on the shelves.  They released their first wine, a Merlot, in 2003 and they now have four varietals available: Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.  The Cabernet is the first one I’ve tried from this producer and I’m quite impressed.
From time to time I comment on the marketing in the rear the wines that I taste and I have to say that I like the packaging design from Red Diamond.  It quickly caught my eye and now stands out each time I pass it on the shelf.  It has a very bold and masculine look. And it’s masculine in a modern, Generation X kind of way—it’s not an ancient man/Hemingway masculine.  The artwork has a dramatic, tribal tattoo style.  And the mark is printed with a raised ink technique that gives it an embossed feel.  It’s a simple yet bold look, and an nontraditional design for a wine mark—fitting for a wine as bold as this one.
Enough about the mark, let’s get on to the tasting notes.  The wine has a deep, rich ruby affect.  The nose features cherry cola, vanilla, blackberry and tobacco.  The palate is rich with intense jammy blackberry, cherry and dark chocolate.  It is silky smooth with a toasted oak end and sufficient acidity.
After I take my notes often I like to see what the producer place in their notes and I usually find their notes to be total bullshit, but the notes for this one in fact came it surprisingly close to my own: “Aromas of black cherry, blackberries, liqueur and hints of tobacco and smoke precede a rich, silky palate of cherry, chocolate and black fruits with a touch of toasty oak on the end.”
I gave it an 89 and at $8.99 that makes this a fantastic deal.  I’d say delight in it now as I expect the fee on this one to creep up over the next few years if they can maintain this level of quality.
Wine: Red Diamond
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage: 2005
Alcohol: 13.5% 
Rating: 89
Fee Paid: $8.99

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