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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.


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 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.

Juicy Details with David Larson: The Wines of Bruno Clair

I like to drink wine. I especially like to drink Burgundy. And when given the choice of a domaine to enjoy, the wines of Bruno Clair are at the very top of my list. I previously worked for many years with the local importer/wholesaler for these wines, and had the opportunity to visit and tasteContinue Reading

Juicy Details with David Larson: Syrah and the Northern Rhône

Okay, so I have another favorite red grape. It’s Syrah. I was going to write about summer whites, but I had a bottle of 2002 Chave Saint-Joseph recently and I’m still thinking about it. And besides, it’s the season of cookouts and barbecues, and there are few better wines to pair with grilled meats thanContinue Reading

Juicy Details with David Larson: Great Wine

What makes a wine great? This question came up last Saturday night following our Celebration of Burgundy sale. I posed it to myself, but that still counts. I asked (myself) this question during the course of our auction, as I had the opportunity to taste a number of very good wines that were opened inContinue Reading

Juicy Details with David Larson: Chianti

Juicy Details with David Larson: Chianti

Juicy Details will conclude our conversation about Sangiovese with a few words about the wines of Chianti Classico. In my humble opinion, it as the finest expression of this noble grape, and one of the greatest values in Old World wine. Chianti Classico, located within Gaiole in Chianti, is the largest sub-zone of Chianti. GivenContinue Reading

Juicy Details with David Larson: Brunello

Juicy Details with David Larson: Brunello

For this edition of Juicy Details, we continue our conversation about Sangiovese and focus on one of Italy’s greatest wines: Brunello di Montalcino. Few expressions of Sangiovese are more powerful or elegant than Brunello at its best. Brunello was essentially created by Biondi-Santi in 1888, meaning it is a youngster in the world of wine.Continue Reading

Juicy Details with David Larson: Sangiovese

I want to devote a few blog posts to Italy’s most widely planted varietal, Sangiovese. Planted throughout the country, it has its greatest concentration in the center of Italy-Tuscany, Umbria, Emilia-Romagna and the Marche. An ancient varietal that has had qualitative ups and downs in recent times, Sangiovese has benefited greatly from modern clonal research. Continue Reading

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