(14.8% alcohol): Bright ruby-red. Currant, bitter chocolate and seductive oak on the nose, complicated by loamy soil tones. Sweet, pliant and fine-grained, with cassis, espresso and mocha flavors that come across as higher-pitched than those of the basic Napa Valley bottling. At once sweet and nicely delineated; this really fills the mouth. This very firmly built cabernet finishes with superb mouth-dusting tannins and excellent length.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2011
Wine Spectator | Rating: 96
Rich, savory and full-bodied, showing direct, potent young Cabernet flavors built around blackberry and dark berry fruit, with touches of spice, black licorice, mineral and toasty wood. Very impressive for its purity, finesse and graceful finish.
Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain is quite closed compared to the other wines and needs 3-4 years of bottle age. It should keep for two decades, as most of the others will. Full-bodied, showing notes of minerality and more dusty, loamy scents intermixed with crushed rock, black currants and herbs, it is a deep, full-bodied wine.
ethereal nose with violets, blueberry, and mineral. full bodied with integrated tannic structure, smooth, and a glycerin taste on the entry. Great overall wine that is pleasing and inviting.
Self | Rating: 94
We received our club member shipment just in time to open this and put a tough day behind us as we put our great 12 year old pug, Tucker, to rest. This is a wonderful massive and inviting wine. The color is deep dark purple to black (inkish). The nose is of intense dark berries, cassis, and cocoa. On the palate this has ripe dark berries, lots of concentration, dark chocolate, cassis, black licorice. Just great and I find it easily lives up to the price.