Category Archives: California

Juicy Details with David Larson: Diamond Creek

Juicy Details with David Larson: Diamond Creek

You often hear the word terroir spoken about when the subject of fine wine comes up. Typically it is in reference to wines from Old World regions like Burgundy or Piedmont, but rarely California. That being said, there is one California winery that easily fits into a conversation about terroir: Diamond Creek.

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Lots 1768 & 1769

Diamond Creek was at the forefront of single vineyard bottling with its inaugural vintage in 1972. Inspired by the wines of Burgundy and Bordeaux, Al Brounstein made the decision to bottle his distinct vineyards separately. These vineyards – Gravelly Meadow, Volcanic Hill,  Red Rock Terrace and Lake – while physically adjacent to one another, have distinctly different soils and exposition (you can find a map and detailed information about the vineyards at their website www.diamondcreekvineyards.com). Because of these differences in terroir, the resulting wines are, you guessed it, distinctly different from one another. While Diamond Creek’s grapes and climate may be different than say Burgundy or Piedmont, the concept is the same – let the place be reflected in the wine.

So this is where the fun starts. I was inspired to write about Diamond Creek by our upcoming September auction. We have an impressive 74 lots of Diamond Creek spanning 15 vintages available in the sale, with many of these lots in large format. In addition to our auction, our retail site has 17 vintages available, with 6 of these vintages having a 3 vineyard horizontal. Who has a corkscrew!? Few things in the world of wine are as interesting as tasting different vineyard bottlings from the same producer and vintage. When everything is equal but the vineyard, you can really dig into what terroir is all about.

Sine Qua Non—Translation: ‘Something that Cannot be Done Without’

Sine Qua Non—Translation: ‘Something that Cannot be Done Without’

A Closer Look at One of the Most Coveted Wineries Represented in Hart Davis Hart Wine Co.’s Upcoming May Auction “I think I am beginning to understand why [Sine Qua Non’s wines] are so much greater than just about every other Syrah or Grenache-based wine in California. In short, it is talent and incredibly meticulous hardContinue Reading

Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. Announces Exciting Two-Day Auction on May 15 & 16 with Wines Spanning the World’s Top Regions

Featuring Highly-Sought California Cult Wines, Classic Bordeaux & Champagne Direct from the Cellars of Krug (April 23, 2015—Chicago, IL) – Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., the internationally renowned wineauction house and retailer, will hold An Auction of Finest & Rarest Wines on May 15-16 at the award-winning TRU restaurant in Chicago. This exceptional two-day sale will offer old-Continue Reading

HDH Wine Co Presents: An Auction of Finest and Rarest Wines on December 12th and 13th

HDH Wine Co Presents: An Auction of Finest and Rarest Wines on December 12th and 13th

We will wrap up 2014 with a thrilling auction of finest and rarest wines on December 12th and 13th at Chicago’s award-winning TRU restaurant. This exciting two-day sale will consist of over 2,250 lots and is estimated to achieve $4.7-$7.0 million. The December auction will feature a panoply of old world gems with a strongContinue Reading

California Classics

California Classics

The early 1990′s marked the emergence of a new “hedonistic” style in Napa Valley.  With the likes of Harlan, Bryant Family and Maya, the “Cult Cabernet” scene was born and in the subsequent years, consumers have been blessed with more expressions of Cabernet than ever before.   In short, it’s been a great time to beContinue Reading

Dominus: An Old World Approach to New World Vines

One of the first wines I tasted as an employee of HDH was a bottle of 2009 Dominus.  As a Northern California native and a graduate of the University of California, Davis, I was already familiar (and enamored) with an array of Golden State wines, most of which were made by Californian or American winemakersContinue Reading

A Day (and Two Nights) in Paso Robles

A Day (and Two Nights) in Paso Robles

Being of hearty northern European stock, I am largely immune to the chill of winter – that is until this especially brutal winter turned all of Chicago into an ice palace. I’m fairly certain it was the twelve consecutive weeks of obligatory self-swaddling that convinced me that booking a flight to Los Angeles was necessary.Continue Reading

Producer Profile: Chateau Montelena

Producer Profile: Chateau Montelena

Few wineries have played as large a role in shaping California’s reputation within the world of fine wine as Chateau Montelena. Founded in 1882, Montelena transferred ownership several times before a group of lawyers, headed by Jim Barrett, decided to purchase the estate in 1968. With a strong belief in the potential of Napa ValleyContinue Reading

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