Diamond Creek - Volcanic Hill - Cabernet Sauvignon

Diamond Creek - Volcanic Hill - Cabernet Sauvignon

Colour: Red
Country: USA
Producer: diamond creek
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: california
Appellation: napa valley


  • 100 Points - The Wine Advocate

    "From the biggest of the three vineyards, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill comes from pure volcanic, iron-rich, rocky white tufa of volcanic origin. Marginally speaking, this is bluer and blacker than the Red Rock Terrace or Gravelly Meadow. A tour de force of perfection, this wine offers up crème de cassis, blueberry liqueur, licorice, earth, truffle and graphite. It displays spectacular richness, magnificent balance and texture, and a long, incredibly pure finish of close to a minute. This remarkable, full-bodied elixir should drink beautifully for another 30+ years, if not longer." - Robert Parker

  • 95 Points - The Wine Advocate

    "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." - Robert Parker

Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer

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

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