Luscious vanilla, spice and toasty French oak are the mainstays of this wine. The wine is complex with nuances of plums, bitter sweet chocolate, smoke and cedar. Remains balanced throughout. Bold and complex with chewy tannins insures this wine will age for many years to come. Very nice finish that beckons you to come back for more. Will lay down for 15 to 20. 525 cases produced.
Red Rock Terrace, a warm microclimate, is 7 acres of north facing vineyard. The red tinted soil is high in iron content. The wine from Red Rock Terrace is the most accessible and earliest drinkable of all Diamond Creek's wines.
89 Points, Wine Spectator:
"Intense and concentrated, very tight and compact. Complex aromas lead to ripe blackberry and wild berry fruit, with mineral, sage and dusty berry and cedar notes that are juicy and layered at points. Needs a lot of time. Best from 2012 through 2020. 525 cases made. –JL" (11/15/2009)
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...