2010 Diamond Creek "Volcanic Hill" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1142749 97 points James Suckling

 Wonderfully complex aromas of minerals, berries and stones. Black olives. Full body with seamless tannins and length. It goes on for minutes. Like a refined vintage of La Mission Haut-Brion. Needs four or five years to come together. Try in 2019.  (5/2014)

97 points Vinous

 Dark black fruit, iron, smoke, cedar, menthol, tobacco and licorice are some of the many notes that inform the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill. Plush, rich and explosive, the 2010 impresses for its towering structure and density. Violets, lavender, smoke and licorice wrap into the explosive finish. This is the darkest and most powerful of the Diamond Creek 2010s. (AG)  (12/2014)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill comes from 8 acres planted in the white tufa/volcanic soils that make a sharp contrast with the red, iron-rich soils of Red Rock Terrace and the gravel-filled soils of Gravelly Meadow. This cuvee tends to be the most explosive and richest of the Diamond Creek Cabs. The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2010 Volcanic Hill is more restrained and reserved on the nose. That restraint is unleashed in the mouth as this is the richest, fullest-bodied and most concentrated of this trio. Lots of blackberry, cassis, smoke and meaty barbecue notes can be found in this titan of a Cabernet Sauvignon. The finish is very long. Forget this 2010 for 8-10 years and drink it over the following 30+. (RP) 96+  (10/2013)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 So delicious now, you can drink it, but the hard tannins strongly suggest aging this beauty. Beyond the astringency are complex flavors of blackberries and olives, with sweet toasty oak playing a starring role. Harder to describe is the overall balance, so rich and sweet, yet dry and elusive. Give it until 2020 to begin to come around. *Cellar Selection*  (12/2013)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 A south-facing hillside of white volcanic ash, this is Diamond Creek’s warmest vineyard and the most hyper-fruity of its wines in 2010. The ripeness is almost electric blue, perfumed with black currant flavor straight through the wine. Underneath, there’s an umami earthiness, like cool, mushroomy earth to refresh it. A powerful cabernet, marbled in its richness, needing years of bottle age to develop.  (12/2013)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 As usual, the triple play from Diamond Creek is both more alike and not than it is relative to most of their peers, and thus, our favorite may or may not be yours. In our tastings, by way of explanation, both this wine and the Gravelly Meadow stood neck and neck in the race for "favorite", and while we may have marginally preferred the deep, ripe, sinewy nature of the Volcanic Hill, it was not that we did not like the others. Here one gets a nose that bursts from the glass with curranty, briary, concentrated aromas that drift a tad into the roti character that can come with hillside grapes. Tannin is plentiful, and hints of cola and graphite add their complexing notes, and, all in all, this is a wine that is likely to age well for a half decade and more for starters.  (12/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Stubbornly tannic and unyielding, this offers tightly bound flavors, with a trim focus and a strong cedary edge to the dried currant and savory berry flavors. Finishes with gripping, chalky tannins. Best to cellar. Best from 2016 through 2027. (JL, Web Only-2013)

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1