(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.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesIf slightly chocolaty and a touch riper in overall character than either of its two siblings, this big, mouthfilling working still has more than enough fruit going for it, and its slightly stark tannins are countered by an unmistakable sense of incipient suppleness. Like its mates, it is not one for near-term drinking, and there is no question that its insistent themes of concentrated currants will carry it through to a tasty maturity after its youthful toughness has been tamed by seven or eight ...
International Wine CellarRuby-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.