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Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill Napa Valley 2012

External Review by WineExpress.com:

Collectors Alert! Diamond Creek is one of the most iconic names in Napa Valley wines. In 1968 Al Brounstein discovered that Diamond Mountain was an extraordinarily good place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. He defined three vineyard locations by their soil and topography and started producing single vineyard Cabs that absolutely blew everyone's mind. His first release was 40 years ago and the wines are still produced in extremely limited quantities that are snapped up by anyone who can get their hands on them. This 2012 is their Fortieth Anniversary release and a special commemorative label adorns each bottle. Volcanic Hill is comprised of 8 acres of south facing hillside vineyard. It is the warmest of all three 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 Cab is the longest lived. The Volcanic Hill bottling includes a small amount of Petit Verdot and the 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." James Suckling just scored this 98 points saying "Blackberries, black currants and minerals. Full body, tight tannins. Powerful and long. Amazing depth and build. Muscular. Classy tannin structure. This needs a few years to soften, but amazing. Try in 2018."

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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: WineExpress.com
07/30/2015

Collectors Alert! Diamond Creek is one of the most iconic names in Napa Valley wines. In 1968 Al Brounstein discovered that Diamond Mountain was an extraordinarily good place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. He defined three vineyard locations by their soil and topography and started producing single vineyard Cabs that absolutely blew everyone's mind. His first release was 40 years ago and the wines are still produced in extremely limited quantities that are snapped up by anyone who can get their hands on them. This 2012 is their Fortieth Anniversary release and a special commemorative label adorns each bottle. Volcanic Hill is comprised of 8 acres of south facing hillside vineyard. It is the warmest of all three 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 Cab is the longest lived. The Volcanic Hill bottling includes a small amount of Petit Verdot and the 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." James Suckling just scored this 98 points saying "Blackberries, black currants and minerals. Full body, tight tannins. Powerful and long. Amazing depth and build. Muscular. Classy tannin structure. This needs a few years to soften, but amazing. Try in 2018."


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
04/24/2015

Collectors Alert! Diamond Creek is one of the most iconic names in Napa Valley wines. In 1968 Al Brounstein discovered that Diamond Mountain was an extraordinarily good place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. He defined three vineyard locations by their soil and topography and started producing single vineyard Cabs that absolutely blew everyone's mind. His first release was 40 years ago and the wines are still produced in extremely limited quantities that are snapped up by anyone who can get their hands on them. This 2012 is their Fortieth Anniversary release and a special commemorative label adorns each bottle. Volcanic Hill is comprised of 8 acres of south facing hillside vineyard. It is the warmest of all three 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 Cab is the longest lived. The Volcanic Hill bottling includes a small amount of Petit Verdot and the 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."




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