(1998 Vintage) Medium dark ruby in color with aromas of black cherry, cassis, spice, rose and mint. Nuances of black pepper and tobacco. Cherry, berry, spice and currant flavors are rich, complex, fresh and well balanced. Good depth with a fruity, lush finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2005 Vintage) As usual, picking a favorite among the Diamond Creek trio is a nigh impossible task, and, if there are arguments to be made for that structured Volcanic Hill, this equally rich and impressively filled wine earns high praise as well for its striking combination of richness and grace. Deep and composed with a perfectly balanced mix of ripeness, cassis and sweet oak, it may get to its best a few years ahead of its mate, but its future is no less exciting and bright.
Robert Parker(2000 Vintage)
Wine Advocate(2000 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2000 Vintage) Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley. While never among the more forward and immediately accessible Cabernets, Diamond Creek bottlings generally convey good depth and are built along very solid lines. In 2000, the winery style is again plainly evident, and this particular rendition packs plenty of deep fruit and very rich oak into its tannin-toughened frame. Clearly a wine to be held for a decade or more, it nevertheless shows tantalizing hints of loamy complexities to come and is a comfortable candidat...