In the 1960s, Al Brounstein bought a plot of land, in what is now known as Diamond Mountain District, to the north of Napa Valley. Since then, Al’s vision and tenacity has led Diamond Creek Vineyards to produce some of the most sought after, iconic wines from California.
Inspired by a wine appreciation class which he took at the age of 40, Al decided to quit his job as a Salesman to pursue a new calling – to emulate his two favourite wine regions, Bordeaux and Burgundy, in Napa, California.
Diamond Creek Vineyards was founded on the philosophy that different soils impart distinct flavours in a wine. Planted in 1968 on light, fluffy, ashy soil, the Volcanic Hill Vineyard comprises approximately 3 hectares of the total Diamond Creek estate.
Carefully sorted berries were cold soaked for 4 to 5 days and fermented from 7 to 9 days, pressed at dryness, then barreled down into 100% new select French oak barriques for élevage of 20 months. Coopers: Tonnellerie Remond, Tonnellerie O, Nadalie, Boutes and Ana.
Harvested 8th October – 9th November 2019. The 2019 growing season offered superb conditions with parallels in quality to the 2018 vintage with one exception – lower than expected yields. A mild, wet spring gave promise that extended into a long summer with steady ripening. Harvest patiently followed with long hang times and unhurried phenolic ripeness. Selective picks began on the estate in early October followed by careful sorting and focused winemaking.
Deep, coaxing aromas of dark fruits, black tea, liquorice, and scented earth. Textural and enveloping from entry, with a dark fruit profile of cassis, pomegranate, cacao, blackberry brioche, interlaced with blood orange, cedar, and coffee. Lustrous tannins and a lasting, storied finish.
Napa Valley, California
76% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Petit Verdot