($175) Ruby-red. Cool aromas of cassis, dark chocolate and mocha. Juicy, brisk and quite penetrating but distinctly suppler and sweeter than the Red Rock Terrace, with rich, layered flavors of cassis and blackberry. Finishes firmly tannic and long. This wine has much more breadth to buffer its tannins.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2005
Wine Spectator | Rating: 91
Dark, rich and chocolaty, with a dense, compact, concentrated core of earthy currant, sage and wild berry. Mouthcoating tannins persist on the palate. Definitely needs time. 573 cases made.
Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96
The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill (an 8-acre, south-facing parcel) comes from white volcanic ash soils called 'tufa.ƒ?_ It is an extraordinarily young, full-bodied Cabernet offering plenty of blackberry, cassis, white chocolate and crushed rock characteristics along with huge tannins. In fact, I thought it was even more backward than the Red Rock Terrace or Gravelly Meadow. Intense and full with fabulous potential, this is another compelling effort from Diamond Creek. Forget it for a decade and drink it over the following 25-30+ years.
2002 vintage is shaping up quite nicely. Lots of dark fruits, cranberries, and a nuttiness. Deep reaching tanins that are still mellowing. Worth holding for another 2-5 years, but a solid wine.
Self | Rating: 91
Excellent color with thickly pigmented legs. Quite aromatic and forward for a Diamond Creek. Baker's chocolate, earth, dark toned cherry, and light vanilla aromatics. Firm tannins and high acids but very fine fruit concentration - more than enough to take the cellaring this wine needs. Its fashionable to disrespect this winery's offerings but if one is looking for a California Cabernet that is a proven cellar candidate then one could do far worse then to lay down some Diamond Creek. I can't say the same for many of today's hottest California Cabernets.