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2016 Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

ENDS IN 35 minutes
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Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

99The Wine Advocate

Full-bodied, the palate is decadently fruited with black and blue berry layers, framed by firm yet plush tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with wonderfully long-lasting, opulent baking spice nuances.

97James Suckling

Blackberries and blueberries with pine nuts and ink. Wet earth and fresh mushrooms. Full body with a vortex of fruit that just squeezes through at the finish.

96Wine Spectator

Offers a dense core of ripe and fleshy fruit, with plum, cassis and blackberry notes in the mix, held in check for now by racy, charcoal-edged tannins that run throughout.

94Vinous / IWC

Aeration brings out the wine's natural energy and drive, along with a host of savory and mineral notes that add complexity. Cedar, tobacco, mint, dried cherry, licorice and anise open up with time in the glass.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,