Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

$165.00
Item No. 113238
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • collectible wine
  • WE93
  • WS91
Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1997
  • WS93
  • 1986
  • WS92
  • 1984
  • WS93
  • 1980
  • WS91
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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.

Critical Acclaim

"Despite hard-as-nails mountain tannins, this Cabernet has a soft fleshiness that makes it drinkable now. The blackberry and black currant flavors have an umami, protein tanginess, like beef tartare, which smoky oak pairs nicely with, like salt and pepper. You can pop the cork now, but this is a wine that will develop over the next 10-15 years.
Cellar Selection"
93 Points

"Very tight and dense, with firm loamy earth, dried berry, cedar, tobacco and sage notes that are all well-proportioned, an often underappreciated aspect of Diamond Creek's Cabernets. Needs time. Best from 2014 through 2024. 490 cases made. "
91 Points

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Learn About Diamond Creek Map ItMap It

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.

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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