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Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill Napa Valley 2010

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97 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): Cool veins of graphite, pencil shavings, crushed rocks, plums, new leather, lavender and violets burst from the glass in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill. Powerful, rich and intense, the 2010 impresses for its balance, symmetry and class. The classic Volcanic Hill tannins are there, but they are beautifully balanced by the intensity of the fruit. Veins of intense savory notes, minerals and cedar add complexity on the layered, kaleidoscopic finish. Drink: 2020-2040. (Nov 2013)

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Diamond Creek Vineyards:
Established in 1997, Diamond Creek Estate is an award winning family owned and operated vineyard and olive grove. Diamond Creek Estate is situated on the northern slopes of Mittagong, around 120 kms south of Sydney, in the Southern Highlands region of New South Wales. The property for many years was dairy country, enjoys rich basalt soil, northern sun and although at an altitude of 680 metres... Read more
Established in 1997, Diamond Creek Estate is an award winning family owned and operated vineyard and olive grove. Diamond Creek Estate is situated on the northern slopes of Mittagong, around 120 kms south of Sydney, in the Southern Highlands region of New South Wales. The property for many years was dairy country, enjoys rich basalt soil, northern sun and although at an altitude of 680 metres, it has an unique topography, which leaves it relatively immune from frost. This creates an ideal microclimate for cultivating premium quality, cool climate wine grapes and the finest olives for extra virgin olive oil. The vineyard occupies around 15 acres and a similar area is dedicated to olive trees. The vines are subject to intensive management for improvement, hand pruned and leaf-plucked as required. They are personally tended, cropped for optimised yields to produce premium quality cool climate wine grapes. Diamond Creek Estate Wines are produced only from estate grown grapes. The region, although the newest recognized geographical indication, is fast being acknowledged as a premium cool climate area and this is consistent with our objective to produce first class wines that will compete with any in Australia and overseas. Read less

External Reviews for Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/21/2014

Volcanic Hill is comprised of 8 acres of south facing hillside vineyard. It is the warmest of all our micro-climates. The color of the soil is gray, and the consistency is that of fluffy, volcanic ash, originally deposited from the eruption of Mt. Konocti 8 million years ago. Volcanic Hill is the longest lived of our wines. Our winemaker describes these wines as "full bodied, loaded with intense ripe berry fruit, cassis, violets and a smoky richness, finishing with good length and firm tannins."The Volcanic Hill bottling includes a small amount of the extra-ordinary Petit Verdot grape. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/21/2013

Volcanic Hill is comprised of 8 acres of south facing hillside vineyard. It is the warmest of all our micro-climates. The color of the soil is gray, and the consistency is that of fluffy, volcanic ash, originally deposited from the eruption of Mt. Konocti 8 million years ago. Volcanic Hill is the longest lived of our wines. Our winemaker describes these wines as "full bodied, loaded with intense ripe berry fruit, cassis, violets and a smoky richness, finishing with good length and firm tannins."The Volcanic Hill bottling includes a small amount of the extra-ordinary Petit Verdot grape. - Winery


External Review
Vintage: 1998 09/05/2012

...Primary, rather raw aromas of cassis and dark chocolate. Quite tough on the palate, with brooding, slightly drying flavors of dark berries, mint and minerals... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1998 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill 750ml


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Vintage: 1989 05/20/2009

Dark and intense but not fully ripe, leaving it with cedary, earthy and mushroomy flavors and just glimpses of moderately ripe currant and cherry. Can still age, but it's not likely to improve.--1989 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now throu... Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1989 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill 750ml


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Vintage: 1987 09/21/2012

A touch herbaceous, with racy, leafy, herbal notes, it struggles to show its ripe Cabernet fruit.--Diamond Creek vertical. Drink now through 2004. 726 cases made. (JL) Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1987 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill 1500ml


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Vintage: 1987 07/17/2011

...Weedy, green, vaguely chemical nose. Thick and dense but rustic. Has more density of material to stand up to its strong green component than this winery other two '87s. The best of the trio in terms of texture and ripeness. Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1987 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill 750ml


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Vintage: 1981 01/16/2009

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1981 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill 750ml


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97 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): Cool veins of graphite, pencil shavings, crushed rocks, plums, new leather, lavender and violets burst from the glass in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill. Powerful, rich and intense, the 2010 impresses for its balance, symmetry and class. The classic Volcanic Hill tannins are there, but they are beautifully balanced by the intensity of the fruit. Veins of intense savory notes, minerals and cedar add complexity on the layered, kaleidoscopic finish. Drink: 2020-2040. (Nov 2013)

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