Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
The vintage was very kind to hillside wines. The heat provided as much ripeness as necessary to fully ripen tannin while the elevation helped circumvent the extremes of the strongest temperature spikes. This true ripeness manifests itself in a saturated black/garnet hue with opening notes of classic Cab character: scorched earth, blueberries, sweet tobacco and black currants. There's a sweetness to the nose that follows through on the palate with more red, blue and black fruit flavors, sweet cream, pain grille and cassis. The structure of the site comes up only in the very end to help prolong the finish and give focus to the perfectly round fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon (79%), Syrah (11%), Petit verdot (4%), Cabernet franc (3%) Malbec (2%), Merlot (1%)
External Reviews for Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon
Tightly wound, smooth, rich and complex. Dusty berry, anise, sage and mineral flavors are joined by a touch of mint and rich currant. Well structured, with firm, ripe tannins. Best from 2009 through 2020. 796 cases made. Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2004 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill 750ml
"Firm, tight and concentrated, the earthy currant and wild berry flavors are hidden behind a wall of rich tannins, giving it excellent structure. Holds a tight focus on the finish."-From Wine Spectator
Of the three outstanding new Cabernets from Diamond Creek this particular bottling is the most backward and slow-to-unfold of the bunch. With dense highly extracted curranty fruit as its major theme it slowly opens to exhibit finely placed oak rich loamy highlights and touches of stony soil in its expansive nose. Its youthful deeply filled convincingly complex flavors follow suit and are underpinned by puckery tannins that need some time to resolve. This is not a wine for drinking anytime
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; drink now through 2005.
The 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill exhibits sweet fruit, and seems clean, but the tannin remains elevated, and it has a clipped, narrowly compressed mouthfeel as well as an astringent finish. The aromatics and flavor attack are impressive, but the finish is worrisome. This appears to be a gamble if aged beyond 5-6 years. This Cabernet is medium-bodied, but excessively tannic.
Deep ruby-purple cast. Moderately full-bodied. Balanced acidity. Moderately extracted. Mildly tannic. Minerals, cassis. Aromatic and elegant, with an emphasis on terroir. Lean and minerally, with exceptional balance and finesse. Fine grip and intensity.
Dark and sturdy, this is an immense, structured wine build for the long haul, delivering intense earthy currant, black cherry, mineral and sage flavors. Finishes with a solid wall of tannins, so hands of for now. Best from 2004 through 2018.