94 points Wine & Spirits
This south-facing wall of white volcanic tuff produced a great 2011, complete and healthy, with all its elements tuned for long aging. It feels cool and rich, a chewy, expansive cabernet that’s more accessible, with more balanced baby fat, than is typical for Volcanic Hill. The tough undergirding of tannins is finely integrated into the fruit, so the wine finishes savory and spicy even as the generous sense of plushness continues.
93 points Antonio Galloni
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill is soft, pliant and nicely resonant in the glass. Plums, black cherries, mocha, spices and new leather are all laced together. This is a distinctly forward, supple Volcanic Hill to drink now and over the next 15-20 years, give or take.
94 points Wine Enthusiast
The Volcanic Hill section of Diamond Creek’s vineyard on Diamond Mountain is, as advertised, influenced by volcanic soils. The wine imparts a chalky consistency to some extent, rounded out by dark, ripe plum and mocha, with a long, intense finish. Age through 2025.
From the winemaker: The 2013 vintage was like a sister to the previous year. A temperate spring led to a nice healthy set. Copious amounts of sunshine and a long,...
Aged in new Oak Barrels for 24 months, and another 12 months in cellars.
Antonio Galloni 91pts: The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, fleshy and seductive, but also light on its feet and gracious. Black cherry, plum, rose petal, smoke, tobacco, licorice and cedar...