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2016 Diamond Creek "Volcanic Hill" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1393212 99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill is blended of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, it charges out of the gate with exuberant black cherry cordial, plum preserves and blueberry pie notions with touches of dark chocolate, cinnamon stick, cloves, camphor and candied violets. Full-bodied, the palate is decadently fruited with black and blue berry layers, framed by firm yet plush tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with wonderfully long-lasting, opulent baking spice nuances. (LPB) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Blackberries and blueberries with pine nuts and ink. Wet earth and fresh mushrooms. Full body with a vortex of fruit that just squeezes through at the finish. Ripe and polished tannins. Extremely long. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is an intensely powerful Cabernet Sauvignon, with 8% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc blended in. It is robust in firm tannins that prop up flavors of leather, dark chocolate, sage and crushed rock, accented by toasted oak and cedar. It will benefit from aging. (VB) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Offers a dense core of ripe and fleshy fruit, with plum, cassis and blackberry notes held in check for now by racy, charcoal-edged tannins. The finish is very long, rippling with sanguine and smoldering cast iron details that give this serious mouthwatering cut. (JM) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

95 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark As the 2016 Diamond Creek cabernets emerge from several years of rest in barrels and bottles, it’s Volcanic Hill that shows the best and brightest. “There’s a volcanic-soil character adding texture to the palate, with less grape and oak tannins and more minerality” said Ryan Bailey of NoMad LA, comparing it to the other top cabernets of the tasting. It’s an elegant vintage of Volcanic Hill, a cabernet of high-intensity fruit that calms to cool red- and black-currant generosity. Crushed-mineral tannins seem to clarify the fruit, bringing out the light and air in the wine, so that it ends on an impression of blue skies. (JG) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

94 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Although showing the first signs of polish that indelibly marks it as in the same family as its two partners, the Volcanic Hill bottling is a bit sturdier overall with a little more sinew under its flesh. It is not overly tough or tannic, however, just slightly firmer in build, and it comes with a full complement of continuous, very keenly defined, classic Cabernet fruit along with just the right touch of sweet oak and subtle suggestions of stony soil. It, too, gets high marks for its balance and careful proportion … Inner quote mark (8/2019)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill is a very good wine, but some of the nuances that make Volcanic Hill so distinctive are presently masked by copious new French oak. Aeration brings out the wine's natural energy and drive, along with a host of savory and mineral notes that add complexity. Cedar, tobacco, mint, dried cherry, licorice and anise open up with time in the glass. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2020)


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