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2016 Diamond Creek "Red Rock Terrace" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1393213 98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The aromas of blueberries, blackberries and spices are impressive. Black licorice and iodine. Full-bodied, very linear and tight with a beautiful mouthfeel. Extremely long and polished. Lingering finish. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Made up of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Rock Terrace is very deep purple-black colored and features profound notions of plum preserves, blackcurrant cordial, Black Forest cake and espresso with suggestions of black tea, fertile loam, cardamom and menthol plus a waft of charcuterie. Medium to full-bodied, the palate packs in the taut, muscular black fruit and savory layers, framed by very ripe, very firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. (LPB) 98+ Inner quote mark (9/2019)

96 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark By the smallest measure the deepest of Diamond Creek’s 2016s, and thus our favorite of an altogether outstanding lot, this striking young Cabernet keys on precise, extraordinarily well-defined varietal fruit and shows the ongoing sense of tailored richness and layering that, year in and year out, is the hallmark of its maker. It is amazingly rich without ever once running to excess and is beautifully proportioned throughout, but as very impressive as it may be now, it is years away from reaching its best … Inner quote mark (8/2019)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Red Rock is a 7-acre block of the famous vineyard and this vintage is blended with 8% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Tobacco, leather and cigar box season a thick, viscous structure of sweet cherry and cassis that is rich and succulently rewarding. *Cellar Selection* (VB) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Offers a solid core of warmed plum, blackberry and black currant preserve flavors, backed by tobacco and ganache notes. A mouthwatering flash of iron and rippling acidity are buried on the dense and authoritative finish. Features ample grip for the cellar. (JM) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Rock Terrace is a dark, powerful wine. It is also richer and more immediate than has been the norm here in the past. Bold and racy in the glass with tremendous fruit density, the 2016 is packed with a whole range of super-ripe red cherry and red plum fruit flavors. Spice, floral and licorice overtones add a pretty upper register to this expressive and surprisingly accessible young Diamond Creek Cabernet. Readers won't have to cellar the 2016 too long - that much is clear. The 2016 was done with 120% new oak, which means 100% new in the first year and another 20% new in the second year, which I don't think this wine really needs. That said, the oak is very nicely balanced. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark This is a rich vintage of Red Rock, a classic bottling from a north-facing hill of deep, iron-infused soil across from the white ground at Volcanic Hill. The 2016 has the brightness of its sibling, the fruit bold and juicy in dimpled black-cherry ripeness. The terroir impression is hidden by new oak at the moment, the toastiness pointing up the wine’s sweet fruit, the wine ending on some wood tannins. This needs a few years in bottle to integrate, and will likely be ready to drink a few years before Volcanic Hill. (JG) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

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