2009 Diamond Creek "Volcanic Hill" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (no capsule)

SKU #1350166 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The most powerful and imposing of the 2009s, Diamond Creek's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill wraps around the palate with blackberries, black currants, tobacco, incense, licorice and smoke. Layers of blue and black fruit, tar and grilled herbs flow through to the huge, full-bodied finish. The Volcanic Hill is the most powerful and tannic of the 2009s, not to mention a clear stand out. The 2009 is loaded with energy and tension, all of which will require many years to fully resolve. Readers will need to be exceptionally patient. Anticipated maturity: 2029-2049.  (12/2012)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

 This shows the Diamond Creek signature of dryness, mountain tannins and voluptuously ripe, concentrated fruit. It’s dense in blackberry jam and cassis flavors, with firm minerality and a lush toast note from the oak. Near perfection in all of its parts, it possesses those hard-to-define qualities of balance and elegance. Wonderful as it is now, the tannins suggest aging it for many years. *Cellar Selection*  (11/2012)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 Phil Steinschriber, who farms the vines and makes the wines at Diamond Creek, believes this eight-acre block on gray, volcanic ash produces his most long-lived cabernet. On release, I often prefer the freshness of north-facing Red Rock Terrace to the warmer intensity provided by this south-facing hillside. In 2009, it’s spicy and warm, a plump cabernet in the dark spectrum of black currants and tar. Tangy and edging toward the super-ripe, this is a modern take on the vineyard, carrying a clear statement of its terroir that should develop with bottle age.  (12/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Very dense and backward, yet promising for its tight dried currant, herb, sage and cedar notes. An appealing earthiness gives the flavors a firm foundation. Needs time. Best from 2015 through 2030.  (10/2012)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Far and away the toughest of the new Diamond Creek lot, this year's Volcanic Hill bottling is a deep and sinewy young wine with lots of mass and impressively extracted fruit. It is also gruff and astringent, yet its insistent impressions of cassis and black cherries power their ways past its very ample young tannins and linger on and on at the finish. It will not even begin to approach drinkability for another eight to ten years, and it is certain to live for a very long time.  (12/2012)

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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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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.