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.
Volcanic Hill is comprised of 8 acres of south facing hillside vineyard. It is the warmest of all our micro-climates. The color of the soil is gray, and the consistency is that of fluffy, volcanic ash, originally deposited from the eruption of Mt. Konocti 8 million years ago.
Volcanic Hill is the longest lived of our wines. Our winemaker describes these wines as “full bodied, loaded with intense ripe berry fruit, cassis, violets and a smoky richness, finishing with good length and firm tannins.”
The Volcanic Hill bottling includes a small amount of the extra-ordinary Petit Verdot grape.
Wine Spectator 91 points – Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is balanced between dusty currant, plum and berry flavors, with cedary oak and fresh-turned earth nuances. Pleasingly firm, exhibiting gripping tannins on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2024.J.L..September/2014