(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 WinesThe most open and accessible of the Diamond Creek bunch, the bottling from Volcanic Hill sports suggestions of ripe berries along with the usual cassis and leans a little more to ripeness than either of its mates. It too is tannic, but not to quite the same measure, and its direct and somewhat juicier style makes for easy predictions that it will be the earliest maturing of this impressive trio.
Wine SpectatorRating: Barrel Tasting - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 07/31/05.