Diamond Creek

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97
points

Diamond Creek 2002 Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

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  1. $175

The most complete and compelling of Diamond Creek’s trio of ’02s, combining the opulent accessibility of Gravelly Meadow with the power and authority of Volcanic Hill. The aromas of cassis, red currants, cedar, tobacco and cigar box lead to massively packed Cabernet flavors wrapped in huge, dusty tannins. The wine is so balanced, so distinguished and complete…

 — S.H.  (8/1/2006)
96
points

Diamond Creek 2009 Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon (Diamond Mountain)

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  1. $175

Rich and powerful, with a molten intensity, this has loads of blackberry and cherry jam flavors, yet it has a minerally earthiness that grounds it and makes it endlessly complex. With its tannic profile and sweet oak jacket, this defines Napa Valley Cabernet—particularly from the mountains. If you can keep your hands off it, this will develop over the next 10–20 years.

 — S.H.  (11/1/2012)
96
points

Diamond Creek 2009 Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (Diamond Mountain)

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  1. $175

This shows the Diamond Creek signature of dryness, mountain tannins and voluptuously ripe, concentrated fruit. It’s dense in blackberry jam and cassis flavors, with firm minerality and a lush toast note from the oak. Near perfection in all of its parts, it possesses those hard-to-define qualities of balance and elegance. Wonderful as it is now, the tannins suggest…

 — S.H.  (11/1/2012)
95
points

Diamond Creek 2010 Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon (Diamond Mountain)

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  1. $200

You’ll find the hard tannins associated with Diamond Creek’s Cabs, as well as an iodine, metallic brittleness to this wine. The combination of the two makes this as tough as any young Napa Valley Cabernet could be. However, the core is potent, suggesting intensely concentrated black currants and blackberries, reduced to their elemental essence. Do not touch this…

 — S.H.  (12/1/2013)
95
points

Diamond Creek 2009 Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon (Diamond Mountain)

  1. $175

The ripest of Diamond Creek’s new ’09 Cabernets, Red Rock shows a sun-blasted quality of red currants, blueberry and cassis. Heady and exotic, this is rich in tannins and noble in acidity. While it’s a joy to drink now and over the next eight years, its extreme ripeness may limit its longterm ageability.

 — S.H.  (11/1/2012)
95
points

Diamond Creek 2002 Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

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  1. $175

Starts off as a closed, tight wine, aromatically speaking, and needs plenty of decanting to breathe, but once it starts to open, there’s an eruption of the most refined cassis and cedar aromas. In the mouth, this is an immense Cabernet, profoundly deep in blackberry, roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors. It is also enormously tannic, and is effectively locked…

 — S.H.  (8/1/2006)
94
points

Diamond Creek 2011 Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

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  1. $200

The Volcanic Hill section of Diamond Creek’s vineyard on Diamond Mountain is, as advertised, influenced by volcanic soils. The wine imparts a chalky consistency to some extent, rounded out by dark, ripe plum and mocha, with a long, intense finish. Age through 2025.

 — V.B.  (12/31/2014)
94
points

Diamond Creek 2010 Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon (Diamond Mountain)

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  1. $200

The winery has hardly changed its winemaking formula over the decades. Gravelly Meadow remains toughly closed, dry and tannic in youth, despite its core of blackberry and cherry fruit. While the wine is flamboyantly forward by Diamond Creek standards, it would be a crime to drink it before 2020. It’s so balanced and complex, it will easily age until then, and…

 — S.H.  (12/1/2013)
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