92 points Connoisseurs Guide
It would be easy enough to argue that there is a little too much creamy oak at play here, but it is still secondary to a full serving of very deep, very well-focused, keenly curranty Cabernet fruit, and the wine’s adjuncts of woodsy spice, briar and loam only add to its convincing varietal credentials. It is still a bit unruly in terms of tactile polish, and it comes with more than a few tannic edges and acidy angles, but it commits no sins that cannot be pardoned with age, and it deserves to be hidden away for at least five or six years. (12/ 2014)
When you hear the name Rombauer you probably think of buttery, toasty Chardonnay, but did you know that the first wine made by Rombauer Vineyards was a Cabernet Sauvignon in 1980? The winery first produced their Diamond Selection, which represents the best lots from a particular vintage, in 1994. In 2010, it combines fruit from vineyards in the Howell Mount, Atlas Peak, Calistoga and St. Helena AVAs, expressing the cooler character of the 2010 vintage with pure Rombauer style. From the winery: “This elegantly balanced wine offers a bright crimson hue and enchanting aromas of red cherry liqueur, cedar box and faint black currant. The palate is filled with concentrated flavors of dark cherry, cassis and plum supported by fine-grained tannins leading to a long, supple finish. Enjoy now through 2018.