2004 Diamond Creek "Volcanic Hill" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1024845 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill is the most primordial, concentrated, masculine and meaty wine of this trio. It possesses surreal concentration as well as a stunningly opaque ruby/purple color, and wonderfully sweet tannin. Its layers of concentration and richness eclipse the more elegant, perfumed Gravelly Meadow and more solidly constructed Red Rock Terrace. Like its siblings, it remains ten years away from full maturity. (RP)  (4/2014)

94 points Wine & Spirits

 Soft and silken, Volcanic Hill is the most forward of the three Diamond Creek wines in 2004. It's packed with black cherry flavor and exotic spice, red plum and fraises des bois adding to the wild complexity. Already sleek, it needs time for the earthy density of the tannin to absorb the wood. It should age with grace. *Year's Best 2007*  (12/2007)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Opens with fabulous blackberry jam, mocha, cinamonny spice, oak, vanilla and sweet herb aromas. Then turns intense and concentrated, with cherry-blackberry and chocolate flavors smothered in big, smooth tannins. Really high quality.  (8/2004)

92-94 points Wine Spectator

 Firm, tight and concentrated, the earthy currant and wild berry flavors are hidden behind a wall of rich tannins, giving it excellent structure. Holds a tight focus on the finish.  (5/2005)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 The most open and accessible of the Diamond Creek bunch, the bottling from Volcanic Hill sports suggestions of ripe berries along with the usual cassis and leans a little more to ripeness than either of its mates. It too is tannic, but not to quite the same measure, and its direct and somewhat juicier style makes for easy predictions that it will be the earliest maturing of this impressive trio. *Two Stars*  (8/2007)


 Subtly perfumed and elegant cassis fruit aromas. Juicy, compact and refined palate with well-extracted tannins and careful use of oak. Fine example.  (3/2008)

Jancis Robinson

 Very dark ruby. Super-ripe black fruits on the nose. Relatively mellow all the way through. Lots of sun-scorched fruit but the tannins are there and fine and the acidity seems well integrated. Archetypal Napa Valley style done well. This is particularly difficult to place... A complete wine that is well balanced and fun to drink, while not being a copy of bordeaux. Relatively complex. 17/20 points  (6/2010)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.