Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill 2015 (B)
- Napa Valley
- Cabernet Sauvignon
Volcanic Hill is the longest lived of Diamond Creek's wines. The winemaker describes these wines as "full bodied, loaded with intense ripe berry fruit, cassis, violets and a smoky richness, finishing with good length and firm tannins." - Winemaker's Notes
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill opens with dusty soil, cloves and fragrant earth scents with a core of red and black cherry preserves, plum pudding, blackcurrant cordial and mocha with touches of cedar chest and potpourri. Very big, rich and decadently fruited, it fills the mouth with powerful fruit and a taut frame of fine-grained tannins plus great freshness, finishing long and perfumed.- WA96+
Aromas of hot pumice, flowers, spices and hints of blackberries. Full-bodied, round and very fruit-forward; yet it holds back. Lovely to drink now and even better in the future.- JS94
Strikingly complex and well-defined by firm tannins and loamy earth notes, yet the core of herb-laced dark berry, spice, mocha and espresso flavors should make for an alluring drink in the near future. Best from 2022 through 2033.- WS93
Sanguine and earthy, this is a thick, concentrated wine marked by its ash-laden soils—the texture and taste influenced mightily by this fact. Leathery on the palate, it offers a mix of mountain-grown berry and plum, with a twist of cassis and violet. This shows aging potential; enjoy best from 2025–2035. - WE93
Founded in 1968, Diamond Creek is California's first exclusively Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Vineyard. Visionary pioneer Al Brounstein defied modern conventions and planted Bordeaux varietals on secluded Diamond Mountain. The three vineyards produce a small amount of long-lived wines that are elegant with great depth and richness, honored and cherished by connoisseurs the world over. Taste the differences imparted to the wine by the distinct soils and micro-climates of Diamond Creek Vineyards.
Our second coolest micro-climate is our five-acre Gravelly Meadow vineyard. Originally a pre-historic river bed, this stony, gravelly soil drains rapidly and the vines struggle for moisture.