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Diamond Creek is a true California legend: rare (only 1,500 total cases of three 'regular' bottlings, with tiny additional quantities from the miniscule Lake vineyard in favorable vintages), expensive, and talked or written about much more often than actually tasted. Furthermore, even the most rabid devotees of Napa cab have never seen the place - and they never will, no matter how many times they traverse Highway 29 or the Silverado Trail. In fact "Napa Valley" almost seems a silly appellation...
- 99 Points -
- #25 - Top 100 Wines of 2017 -
The 2013 Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon is amongst the most compelling wines from the entire region in this vintage. The 8-acre Volcanic Hill Vineyard has the warmest micro-climate on the estate with grey soils comprised of the volcanic ash deposited from the eruption of Mt. Konocti 8 million years ago. The wine itself is extraordinary, as it displays an impressive dark, opaque color followed by striking aromatics of black cherries, blueberries and cassis which are accompanied by spring florals and graphite with suggestions of mocha and earthy nuances all taking shape. This full-bodied Cabernet is impeccably structured with a remarkable plush, velvety texture, which glides seamlessly across the palate. Dense and concentrated this continues to deliver layers complex flavors what build up to the majestic finish. The stunning combination of power and finesse make this utterly fascinating. While this is already a complete knockout, given the track record for Diamond Creek, I would expect nothing less than for this to thrive in the cellar for decades.See detailed press review
- 96 Points -
« Le nez dégage des parfums de mûre, de prune et de cerise. Charpenté, le vin est doté de tannins ultrasoyeux ainsi que d’une finale longue, très longue. Ce rouge démontre une ampleur et une complexité accompagnées d’une texture élégante. Il est très persistant et juteux. »
– Traduit de www.jamessuckling.com