Founded in 1968, Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon is one of Napa Valley’s iconic wines and was California’s first vineyard planted exclusively with Cabernet Sauvignon. Founder Al Brounstein was a visionary pioneer who defied modern conventions and planted Bordeaux varietals on the secluded Diamond Mountain. The three vineyards produce a small amount of long lived wines that are elegant with great depth and richness.
Al was a successful pharmaceuticals salesman in the 1950s before deciding to purchase a parcel of land in the mid 1960s on Diamond Mountain to satisfy his passion for wine. Before he was able to buy the land he smuggled vine cuttings in from two First Growth properties in Bordeaux, personally flying them up from Mexico.
Once he purchased the land he identified three vineyard blocks by the differences in soil structure and exposition and named them due to their geographical forms - Red Rock Terrace, Gravelly Meadow and Volcanic Hill. Due to the quality of the wines, these Cabernets regularly sell out at prices pulling most cult wines to shame. Indeed, one of the forerunners in the Californian cult wine scene, it can be said a lot of Napa’s top producers looked to him for inspiration.
Al passed away in 2006 at the age of 86 due to complications with Parkinson’s disease. His wife, Boots Brounstein runs the winery today.
"I never met anyone more upbeat and optimistic than Al. He was a force of nature. Even after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at age 64, Al stayed positive and kept working.”Boots Brounstein