96 points - "...Grown on a north-facing slope in red, iron-rich soils. The way the new oak plays into the fruit complexity in 2007 lends it first-growth status. The small berry concentration follows through on that promise with a crescendo of flavor, pure ripe currant that lasts with a rich, smoky savor. The structure, depth and character of the wine is classical, a California original from the 1960's that's buffed to a contemporary gloss. This is a great vintage of Red Rock."
2007 Diamond Mountain District Napa Valley Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon in Wine & Spirits
95 points - "The five acres at Gravelly Meadow are part of an ancient riverbed, the coolest site of Diamond Creek's three main vineyards. It produced a heady 2007, almost off-putting in its power at first. The flavors progress from the richnesss of new oak toward a grape and soil expression similar to the fruitiness of black mushrooms. It's sleek, juicy, and dark in tone, the finesse of the wine already making it delicious, while the tightness of the underlying structure suggests years of development ahead."
2007 Diamond Mountain District Napa Valley Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon in Wine & Spirits
94 points - "...A white slope facing south creates the most generous wine of Diamond Creek's estate vineyards... It opens with floral scents of voilets and builds to a rich intensity of dark fruit and soil-driven tannin. The richness of the 2007 is well suited to the character of Volcanic Hill."
2007 Diamond Mountain District Napa Valley Volcanic Hilll Cabernet Sauvignon in Wine & Spirits
94 points - "..at first sip, it’s obviously a very good wine, richly tannic and deeply
impressive in blackberries, cassis and oak, with a firm minerality that
grounds it. …as it warms and airs, the fascinating palate begins to
unfold. Will age effortless for many years..."
2007 Diamond Mountain District Napa Valley Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon in the Wine Enthusiast
92 points - "this baby cabernet plays tricks on the palate, showing appealing soft,
delicious complexity, then retreating into a cloak of tannins, then
emerging again with sweet fruit and spice. … The cherries and
2007 Diamond Mountain District Napa Valley Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon in Wine Enthusiast
91 points - "Awfully good. A wine that strikes you right off the bat as important and
complex. It’s dry and densely packed in black-berry and cherry pie
filling, red currant, licorice and sweet, smoky oak flavors. Very good
and rich, with complicated tannins, and soft enough to drink now,
although it should age well."
2007 Diamond Mountain District Napa Valley Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon in Wine Enthusiast
91 points - "
...The deepest and most complex of the bunch. It leads with
aromas of dark fruits, toast and dried herbs and follows on with layered, like-minded flavors...It’s overall balance and structure are such that we have no qualms about setting it aside for
another five or six years.
2007 Diamond Mountain District Napa Valley Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon in Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine
91 points - (first place)"
.Medium-dark purplish ruby color; attractive, intense, herbal, cedary, plummy, cassis and blackberry fruit aroma; full body; big, tight, textured, concentrated, complex, cassis and blackberry fruit flavors; full tannin; lingering aftertaste...Very highly recommended.
2007 Diamond Mountain District Napa Valley Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon in California Grapevine
"Year after year Diamond Creek, under the direction of Boots Brounstein, is at the top of the pinnacle of California's cabernets. I would love to know the secret to their amazing consistency. This year's bottling is silky and supple under a light veil of tannins with some black cherry and violet aromas and flavors persisting through the long smooth finish. "
2007 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill in The Wine Corner by Pierre DuMont, Piedmont Post, June 9, 2010
"Tasted just recently, the wine sang, thumbing its nose in the face of some Twittering folk who warned the Cabernet might have fallen apart. The aroma was piercing, the graphite compelling. A sip-or in this case a bottle-and a delicious dehydrated prune (think hamantaschen filling), sweetened with a memory of acacia honey, made the wine go down easy."
1981 Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon in the Wall Street Journal Magazine
"The combination of the precocious young vines and deep-rooted
40-year-olds produced the most beautiful and compelling California cabernet I have ever tasted on release."
Wine & Spirits Winery of the Year
95 points - "...this balances the flavor of perfectly ripened blackberries...a fresh herbal scent of sage and thyme. It's a delicious, succulent wine structured for age."
2005 Diamond Mountain District Napa Valley Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon in Wine & Spirits
98 points - "A California beauty, this wine is driven by fruit from the moment it's first poured, supercharged with energy ....the tension between fruit and earth in Red Rock Terrace is particularly awesome on release."
2005 Diamond Mountain District Napa Valley Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon in Wine & Spirits
97 points - "The fruit grows increasingly wild, untamed and energized as it takes on air, red cherry and strawberry with the fatness of petit verdot. The fine tannins add a sagebrush flavor to the wine, seeming to add the scent of the California hills."
2005 Diamond Mountain District Napa Valley Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon in Wine & Spirits
"...Diamond Creek has been producing some of the New World's finest Cabernets. ...this stunning wine will cellar well for two decades"