Wonderfully complex aromas of minerals, berries and stones. Black olives. Full body with seamless tannins and length. It goes on for minutes. Like a refined vintage of La Mission Haut-Brion. Needs four or five years to come together. Try in 2019.
Dark black fruit, iron, smoke, cedar, menthol, tobacco and licorice are some of the many notes that inform the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill. Plush, rich and explosive, the 2010 impresses for its towering structure and density. Violets, lavender, smoke and licorice wrap into the explosive finish. This is the darkest and most powerful of the Diamond Creek 2010s. (AG)
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill comes from 8 acres planted in the white tufa/volcanic soils that make a sharp contrast with the red, iron-rich soils of Red Rock Terrace and the gravel-filled soils of Gravelly Meadow. This cuvee tends to be the most explosive and richest of the Diamond Creek Cabs. The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2010 Volcanic Hill is more restrained and reserved on the nose. That restraint is unleashed in the mouth as this is the richest, fullest-bodied and most concentrated of this trio. Lots of blackberry, cassis, smoke and meaty barbecue notes can be found in this titan of a Cabernet Sauvignon. The finish is very long. Forget this 2010 for 8-10 years and drink it over the following 30+. (RP) 96+
So delicious now, you can drink it, but the hard tannins strongly suggest aging this beauty. Beyond the astringency are complex flavors of blackberries and olives, with sweet toasty oak playing a starring role. Harder to describe is the overall balance, so rich and sweet, yet dry and elusive. Give it until 2020 to begin to come around. *Cellar Selection*
A south-facing hillside of white volcanic ash, this is Diamond Creek’s warmest vineyard and the most hyper-fruity of its wines in 2010. The ripeness is almost electric blue, perfumed with black currant flavor straight through the wine. Underneath, there’s an umami earthiness, like cool, mushroomy earth to refresh it. A powerful cabernet, marbled in its richness, needing years of bottle age to develop.
As usual, the triple play from Diamond Creek is both more alike and not than it is relative to most of their peers, and thus, our favorite may or may not be yours. In our tastings, by way of explanation, both this wine and the Gravelly Meadow stood neck and neck in the race for "favorite", and while we may have marginally preferred the deep, ripe, sinewy nature of the Volcanic Hill, it was not that we did not like the others. Here one gets a nose that bursts from the glass with curranty, briary, concentrated aromas that drift a tad into the roti character that can come with hillside grapes. Tannin is plentiful, and hints of cola and graphite add their complexing notes, and, all in all, this is a wine that is likely to age well for a half decade and more for starters.
Stubbornly tannic and unyielding, this offers tightly bound flavors, with a trim focus and a strong cedary edge to the dried currant and savory berry flavors. Finishes with gripping, chalky tannins. Best to cellar. Best from 2016 through 2027. (JL, Web Only-2013)
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