Volcanic Hill is the longest lived of our wines. Our 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.
Connoisseur' Guide Rating: 92 Points
If slightly chocolaty and a touch riper in overall character than either of its two siblings, this big, mouthfilling working still has more than enough fruit going for it, and its slightly stark tannins are countered by an unmistakable sense of incipient suppleness. Like its mates, it is not one for near-term drinking, and there is no question that its insistent themes of concentrated currants will carry it through to a tasty maturity after its youthful toughness has been tamed by seven or eight years of time in the cellar.
Steve Tanzer Rating:91
Ruby-red. Cool aromas of cassis, dark chocolate and mocha. Juicy, brisk and quite penetrating but distinctly suppler and sweeter than the Red Rock Terrace, with rich, layered flavors of cassis and blackberry. Finishes firmly tannic and long. This wine has much more breadth to buffer its tannins.
Robert Parker Rating:91 Points
Wine Spectator Rating:91 Points