2005 Diamond Creek "Volcanic Hill" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)

SKU #1033610 95 points James Suckling

 A dark and rich red with currant and chili pepper character. Full body, layered and fresh. Firm and long. Great.  (12/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill has a saturated ruby/purple color that’s generally as dense and dark as the Red Rock Terrace. Deep crème de cassis, crushed rock, spring flower and blueberry notes are all present. This full-bodied wine is deep, backward, and probably just as young and youthful for a ten-year-old as the Red Rock Terrace. With plenty of tannin, beautiful fruit and great purity, this should turn into something special as well, but it needs another five or more years of bottle age. It’s hard to pick a favorite between this and the Red Rock Terrace, but if you’re looking for earlier drinkability, Gravelly Meadow wins hands-down. This is another 20- to 25-year wine, and that’s from 2015, not from 2005. (RP) 95+  (6/2015)

95 points Wine & Spirits

 The south-facing slope of Volcanic Hill is a mix of wide-spaced rows from the original planting in 1968 with denser vines from the replanting that began in 1998. The warmest of the three main Diamond Creek vineyards, the harvest started here in 2005 on October 14, then continued along with the other vineyards through November 1. This balances the flavor of perfectly ripened blackberries with savory touches of green, a fresh herbal scent of sage and thyme. It's a delicious, succulent wine structured for age, the green character an asset that will build complexity into the flavors as it matures.  (12/2008)

94 points Connoisseurs Guide

 The question that should be asked of the new Diamond Creek wines each year is not 'which one is best', but rather 'how are their respective terroirs manifest?' The fact, quite simply, is that they are always good, and, in 2005, the Volcanic Hill bottling is a carefully constructed Cabernet that shows none of the central thinness that is all too typical in wines of the vintage. Dense, deep, impeccably balanced and very complex even now, it does not rely on excessive ripeness or fancy oak and is instead a complete and wonderfully well-extracted wine that is at once structured and classy. Do not think about pulling its cork for at least seven or eight years, and, given the ageworthy nature of Diamond Creek wines as a whole, we expect this one to develop famously for a decade or probably two. *Two Stars*  (8/2008)

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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.