Bid on this bottle of 2012 Diamond Creek "Volcanic Hill" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (98JS, 96CG, 96VN, 95RP, 94WE, 92W&S, 90WS). James Suckling: " Blackberries, black currants and minerals. Full body, tight tannins. Powerful and long. Amazing depth and build. Muscular. Classy tannin structure. This needs a few years to soften, but amazing. Try in 2018. " (07/2015)
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2012 Diamond Creek "Volcanic Hill" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
Wonderfully precise in its varietal focus and showing exceptional continuity and length, Diamond Creek's Volcanic Hill bottling is, at even this tender age, a complex and layered wine of great depth and dimension. What it is not, however, is in any way flashy or extravagant and its incisive Cabernet fruit is enriched with lovely, wholly complementary oak. Its balanced composition makes it one of the stars of an outstanding vintage, and it is poised to age beautifully for years to come. *Three Stars*
Blackberries, black currants and minerals. Full body, tight tannins. Powerful and long. Amazing depth and build. Muscular. Classy tannin structure. This needs a few years to soften, but amazing. Try in 2018.
The 2012s from Diamond Creek represent an homage to founder Al Brounstein and the winery’s 40th anniversary. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill is a big-time winner, with notes of charcoal, red and black fruits, cedar wood and a rich, full-bodied mouthfeel are followed by a concentrated, structured age-worthy wine that should last at least 25-40 years, if you go by past history. These were some of the most age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignons made in the world. (RP)
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill is the most searing and intense of these 2012 Cabernets from Diamond Creek. Crushed rocks, lavender, mint, graphite, spices and blue/purplish fruit hit the palate in an intensely mineral, savory Cabernet built for cellaring. The flavors are bright and finely-sculpted throughout. While there is plenty of tannin underpinning the fruit, the tannin is polished and beautifully integrated. Beams of acidity and tannin propel the finish. One of Napa Valley's historic estates, Diamond Creek celebrates their 40th anniversary with the 2012 harvest. Readers will see bottles with special black labels in memory of founder Al Brounstein. As for the wines, well, they are as huge as always, but with perhaps a bit more accessibility than is the norm. Diamond Creek makes three main Cabernets, plus in some vintages a smaller selection from the Lake Vineyard, which in 2012 was mostly bottled in large formats. All of the Cabernet vineyards on the property are co-planted with bits of Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, but the wines are usually 85-90% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are aged in 100% new oak, although some lots may see a second new barrel towards the end of aging. (AG)
Tasted recently at the estate, the 2012 Volcanic Hill showed the best among Diamond Creek’s three main vineyard sites. This south-facing slope of white volcanic soil benefited from an even growing season without aggressive heat spikes; the wine doesn’t show the sunny warmth that it often does in hotter vintages, its power more reined in. On another day, from different bottles, Red Rock and Gravelly Meadow outperformed it at our panel tasting; Volcanic Hill was luscious and rich, while the tannins brought some cool greenness to the dark berry fruit. It’s mossy and cool, even as the warmth of the site pushes from behind the tannins, creating a dynamic that should play out in intriguing ways as the wine ages.
An waft of leather saddle opens this release from an historic Diamond Mountain site celebrating 40 years of wines with this vintage. Soft and refined, it’s a complex expression of cassis, black currant and mountain tannins, well integrated and age-worthy. The finish is lengthy in a touch of coffee. *Cellar Selection* (VB)
A complex, austere style, highlighting flavors of loamy earth, cedary oak, dusty berry and dried herb. Combines the strength of earthiness with a measure of structure and refinement, ending with a black licorice note. Best from 2018 through 2030. (JL)