Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2007


SKU 13832


Diamond Creek's most famous and longest lived wine, Volcanic Hill is comprised of 8 acres of south facing hillside vineyard. It is the warmest of all of their micro-climates with possibly the most interesting terroir ; the color of the soil is gray, and the consistency is that of fluffy, volcanic ash, originally deposited from the eruption of Mt. Konocti 8 million years ago. Described as "full bodied, loaded with intense ripe berry fruit, cassis, violets and a smoky richness, finishing with good length and firm tannins," by the winemaker, the Volcanic Hill bottling includes a small amount of Petit Verdot. The 2007 is a must-buy for any serious collector of both American and/or French wine.
We have known Diamond Creek for years, our father's cellar had some older Diamond Creeks in it, which reminds us of the many years of great wines that came before us... known for its capacity for aging, Diamond Creek was established in 1968 by Al Brounstein. He was a visionary pioneer who planted Bordeaux varietals on the secluded Diamond Mountain in the Napa Valley. In 1966, he was so obsessed with fine wine and the desire to produce it in America, that he smuggled vine cuttings in from two premier cru properties in Bordeaux, personally flying them up from Tijuana, Mexico to a nursery in St. Helena, before he was even able to purchase the land. But he did buy that land up on Diamond Mountain, and with its crystal pure waters, ideal microclimates for Cabernet and complex soils, he began the legacy of one of America's greatest Cab producers.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Diamond Creek
Alcohol/vol 14.1%
  • we94

Wine EnthusiastThe longer this wine breathes in the glass the better it gets. At first sip, it's obviously a very good wine, richly tannic and deeply impressive in blackberries, cassis and oak, with a firm minerality that grounds it. But as it warms and airs, the fascinating palate begins to unfold. Will age effortless for many years. Drink now-2020.

Steve Heimoff, March 1, 2011
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorTight, firm and closed, with loamy earth, dill, dried currant and dark berry fruits that are full-bodied and chewy, not giving up much at this point. Shows its range of flavor and complexity on the finish. Best from 2012 through 2023. 675 cases made.

James Laube, November 15, 2010