Diamond Creek Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Volcanic Hill, Napa Valley (2018)
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Napa Valley
SUBREGION: Napa County
VINEYARD: Volcanic Hill
GRAPES: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
SOIL: Gray, light, fluffy, volcanic ash; original deposition from Mt. Konocti eruption 8 million years ago
COLOR: Deep Ruby
BODY: Full (9-10)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Cassis, black licorice, bay leaf, ripe black cherry, violet, smoky richness
FLAVOR: Rich and elegant tannins, complex layers of blackberry, plum, cardamom, espresso, scented earth, lengthy finish
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION:
Pair with a luxurious meal that could include wild game with a dark berry sauce or rich pasta with mushroom, caramelized onion, and thyme.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Founded in 1968, Diamond Creek is California's first exclusively Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Vineyard. Visionary pioneer Al Brounstein defied modern conventions and planted Bordeaux varietals on secluded Diamond Mountain. The three vineyards produce a small amount of long-lived wines that are elegant with great depth and richness, honored and cherished by connoisseurs the world over. Taste the differences imparted to the wine by the distinct soils and micro-climates of Diamond Creek Vineyards.
Diamond Creek Vineyards, carved out of Diamond Mountain in Napa Valley California, has four distinctly different vineyards that yield equally singular Cabernet Sauvignons. Even though the vineyards of Diamond Creek - Gravelly Meadow (5 acres), Lake (¾ acre), Petit Verdot (1 acre), Red Rock Terrace (7 acres), and Volcanic Hill (8 acres) - share many personality traits... their individual characteristics become quite apparent.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD:
Planted in 1968 on light, fluffy, ashy soil, the Volcanic Hill Vineyard comprises approximately 8 acres of the Estate. Volcanic Hill is a south-facing hillside vineyard. The consistency of the gray soil is that of light, fluffy, volcanic ash, originally deposited from the eruption of Mt. Konocti eight million years ago. Sitting in one of the estate’s warmer microclimates, the site typically produces Diamond Creek’s most powerful and long-lived wine, typically the third wine to be tasted in the line-up of Diamond Creek’s four Cabernet Sauvignons.