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Date Printed: 7/26/2014
Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 113238)
boutique wine
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $165.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1984 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1980 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Volcanic Hill is the longest lived of Diamond Creek wines. Diamond Creek's 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.

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.

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About Diamond Creek:

Diamond Creek, California's first "Cabernet only" estate vineyard, was established in 1968. Visionary pioneer, Al Brounstein, defied modern convetion and planted Bordeaux varietals on secluded Diamond Mountain. The three distinct soil types on theis 20-acre property produce different single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. Light ash soild of Volcanic Hill is in sharp contrast to the iron-rich Red Rock Terrace and the pebbly Gravelly Meadow. Each year, the estate produces a small amount of long-lived wines that are revered by connoisseurs the world over.