(2010 Vintage) 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 aging it for many years.
International Wine CellarVery good deep ruby. Wilder cassis and game nose; a slightly skunky quality dissipated with aeration. Sweet and dense, with strong material. Here the tannins hit the palate earlier, but these are sweet tannins-in complete contrast to the rustic, coarse tannins that characterized these wines through most of the '70s and '80s. The most promising set of barrel samples I've tasted from Diamond Creek in many years.