2013 Diamond Creek "Volcanic Hill" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From the biggest of the three vineyards, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill comes from pure volcanic, iron-rich, rocky white tufa of volcanic origin. Marginally speaking, this is bluer and blacker than the Red Rock Terrace or Gravelly Meadow. A tour de force of perfection, this wine offers up crème de cassis, blueberry liqueur, licorice, earth, truffle and graphite. It displays spectacular richness, magnificent balance and texture, and a long, incredibly pure finish of close to a minute. This remarkable, full-bodied elixir should drink beautifully for another 30+ years, if not longer. One of the iconic wineries of Napa Valley, Diamond Creek’s vineyards were planted in 1968 in three distinctive soil types over 20 acres on Diamond Mountain. Some of the most extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignons have emerged from these sites, especially in the early 1970s – 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1978 are all legendary wines that are still fabulous today. The 2013s are all 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in French oak. (RP)
Lots of blackberries, plums and cherries on the nose. Full body, ultra-velvety tannins and a long, long finish. A broad and layered red with refined textures. Very long. Juicy. Riper than the Red Rock and Gravelly Meadow. Better in 2019. 608 cases made.
*Three Stars* Refined, precise, tight yet well-stuffed and in every way a wine that impresses from first to last, this one is oriented to cassis-like fruit with hints of loamy soils and bacony oak adding their voices to the ripe, fairly concentrated yet balanced aromas and flavors here. It is perhaps the most structured of a solidly built lot, yet even with up to a decade of sure aging potential, and probably more beyond that, there is not a hint of excess to its youthfully tannic texture.
*Cellar Selection* From an eight acre block of the producer’s iconic estate, this is a velvety smooth, darkly colored wine, luxuriously structured to age yet deliciously appealing now. Chocolate, blackberry, currant and a leathery, smoky edge combine forcefully on the palate with length and breadth. Drink now through 2023.
Al and Boots Brounstein founded Diamond Creek Vineyards in 1968. The three vineyards Brounstein planted have produced some of the most long-lived, elegant wines from the state of California, wines that make the case "that Diamond Creek is the finest producer of Cabernet Sauvignon in America," according to wine writer Pierre DuMont. Volcanic Hill is 8 acres of south facing hillside vineyard on Diamond Mountain. It is the warmest of all of Diamond Creek's various mesoclimates. The color of the soil is gray, and the consistency is that of fluffy, volcanic ash, originally deposited from the eruption of Mt. Konocti 8 million years ago. Volcanic Hill is the longest lived of all Diamond Creek's Cabernets, in fact, it is likely one of the longest lived wines made in California! Looks like the winery is on a new roll, with a 98 point score for the 2012 from James Suckling—and even a 97 from him for the 2011.