Wine Reviews

2019 Vintage

2019 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Parker — 94

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon bursts with intense black and red cherries, boysenberries and warm cassis notes, plus wafts of cedar, pencil lead, wild sage and truffles. The palate is medium to full-bodied with tightly knit, fine-grained tannins and lovely freshness supporting the muscular fruit, finishing long and minerally.

2019 Denali Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinous — 92

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Denali Estate Vineyard is a potent, St. Helena Cabernet. It offers plenty of impact as well as all the exuberance of St. Helena. Inky red/purplish berry fruit, lavender, spice, rose petal and menthol all hit the palate. This tannic, ample Cabernet has plenty of depth, that much is obvious. All it needs is a bit more polish in the tannins.

2019 Denali Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Parker — 95

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Wallis Denali Estate Vineyard reveals alluring scents of fruitcake, baked blackberries and crème de cassis, plus suggestions of eucalyptus, espresso, black olives and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, it delivers tons of savory layers and beautiful harmony in the mouth, with a firm, fine-grained texture and refreshing lift on the finish.

2019 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

James Suckling — 91

A chocolatey nose with mulberries, plums, vanilla and spice box. Full body with chewy tannins. Rich with plenty of chocolate and black fruit. Creamy texture and a firm finish. Drink from 2024.

2019 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinous — 96

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is exceptional. In fact, the 2019 is one of the best editions of this wine in recent memory. A rush of blackberry jam, cloves, licorice, menthol, lavender and espresso hits the palate. Plush and deep, with plenty of structure, the 2019 is a great example of Diamond Mountain Cabernet done in an unapologetically flamboyant style.

2018 Vintage

2018 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinous — 91

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon offers a compelling interplay of richness and energy. Bright floral and spice notes add energy to a core of crème de cassis, raspberry jam, chocolate, new leather, spice and lavender. Give this potent Cabernet a year or two to soften.

2018 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Jeb Dunnuck — 95

Coming from the Diamond Mountain District in the northern part of the Valley, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain District reveals a dense purple hue as well as a textbook Cabernet nose of ripe blackcurrants, lead pencil, damp earth, and chocolate. Rich, medium to full-bodied, plush, and beautifully textured, this is in the running for the top wine at the price point. Drink it any time over the coming 15+ years.

2018 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Beverage Tasting Institute — 93

Deep purple color. Inviting aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, bubbly berry pie crust, frozen French vanilla yogurt, and hint of dried flowers with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a seamless, charming, medium-long finish imparting shades of dried berries in cream, cedar, and roasted nuts with wellintegrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lively Napa Cabernet with nicely balanced fruit and structure and a youthful stride.

2018 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Parker — 93

Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon features bold notions of crème de cassis, blueberry compote and blackberry pie plus nuances of tar, unsmoked cigars, beef drippings and garrigue with a waft of lavender. The medium to full-bodied palate has a rock-solid structure of firm grainy tannins and lovely freshness lifting the dense, muscular black fruit and earthy layers to a long, mineral-tinged finish.

2018 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

James Suckling — 92

Fresh black cherry, blackberry leaf, iodine and bark on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with powerful, fine-grained tannins. Fresh and structured with focused fruit and spice flavors. Needs a couple of years. Try from 2022.

2018 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Sommeliers Choice Awards — 92 Gold

A beautiful and elegant Napa Valley Cabernet. Hold for at least 10 years! This wine will age beautifully if held onto. The wine is made with great finesse and showcases some of the best fruit in Napa.

2018 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition — Double Gold

2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

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2018 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Review Online — 95

Wallis Family’s 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (100%) is intensely aromatic, delivering a rush of fruit and earth notes with a hint of purple flowers that will surely impress. It boasts black cherry, blackberry, plum, cigar box, and subtle savory flavors on the palate. It is incredibly rich in fruit while retaining freshness and a lingering savoriness that is impossible not to love.

2017 Vintage

2017 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

TEXSOM International Wine Awards — Bronze

Bronze Medal Winner

2017 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

TEXSOM International Wine Awards — Silver

2017 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

New Orleans International Wine Competition — Best of Class

2019 New Orleans International Wine Competition

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2017 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition — Double Gold

2017 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

New Orleans International Wine Competition — Double Gold

Double Gold Medal Winner

2017 Denali Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

New Orleans International Wine Competition — Silver

Silver Medal Winner

2017 Denali Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2020 TEXSOM International Wine Awards — Bronze

Bronze Medal Winner

2017 Denali Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Review Online — 95

The extraction and richness in Napa Valley Cabernet is what made the valley famous, and this wine has both in spades. Brilliant aromas of blackberry and red currant combined with beautiful texture and balance make this a Cabernet to savor now or lay down in a proper cellar for another five to ten years. Platinum Award winner at the 2020 Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition.

2017 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Parker — 94

The famed Diamond Mountain District has a worthy representative in this bottling, showing black and blue fruit, fall spice and earthy notes that ride a rustic tannin profile through a long finish that already shows integration. As the rusticity loosens and fades into elegance, this will taste better and better. That said, it would be great now with well marbled beef or game. A Platinum Award Winner at the 2020 San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge.

2017 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Review Online — 97

The Diamond Mountain District is one of the most coveted sites for Cabernet Sauvignon in California. There is a reason for that, and it is in evidence here. This wine shows extraordinary depth and concentration, and is richly layered and complex, with aromas of blackberry, cassis and spice. The balance is exquisite and the finish dazzling and long. Platinum Award win.

2017 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Review Online — 97

This is the Wallis Family’s hotrod Cabernet from Diamond Mountain and it definitely has the horsepower for the role. Rich and dense, with impressive depth, this is a darkly fruited Cabernet that has that rare combination of power and elegance. Notes of ripe cassis and black fruits dominate, with a touch of wood spice and ample tannin for the long haul, though drinking exceptionally well at this young stage. A Platinum Award winner at the 2019 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition.

2017 Denali Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinous — 87

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Denali is a challenging wine. Huge, coarse tannins and strong savory flavors suggest ripening in the field was not ideal.

2017 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinous — 88

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerhouse. Blackberry jam, chocolate, dark spice, licorice and menthol power through this brooding, reticent Cabernet. Some of that initial intensity tapers on the mid palate and into the finish, where the tannins are pretty unyielding today.

2017 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinos — 91

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Seraphim offers a bit more complete sense of balance than the straight Cabernet bottling. Here the flavors lean more into the red/purplish end of the spectrum. Red cherry jam, pomegranate, cinnamon, cedar and mocha linger on the intense, tannic finish. I would prefer to drink the 2017 sooner rather than later.

2017 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Jeb Dunnuck — 87+

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain District is also closed for business yet has good concentration, building tannins, and solid length. The tannins here veer toward the more dry and chewy compared to the other release, so this is certainly a more questionable effort. If you have bottles, give them 2-3 years and it will be easier to see how this will develop.

2017 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

Jeb Dunnuck — 92

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Seraphim has a masculine bouquet of black plums, singed cedar, chocolate, and currants, with plenty of spice developing with time in the glass. It’s rich, medium to full-bodied, has good concentration, and just a backward, closed style. Nevertheless, it has terrific purity, a great mid-palate, and is going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age.

2017 Denali Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Jeb Dunnuck — 90

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Wallis Denali Estate Vineyard is more open and expressive, with red and blue fruits, iodine, crushed violets, and tobacco aromas and flavors. It too is medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and impressive, with lots of tannins that are going to need bottle age.

2017 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Beverage Tasting Inst. — 94

Violet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of crusty dark berry tart, chocolate craisin and orange peel, waxy honeycomb, and hint of leather with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an effortless, involved, long finish manifesting notes of blueberries, violet and orange blossom water, and roasted pecans with chewy, drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich and chewy Napa Cabernet that is drinking with vigor and poise now, yet promises greater rewards with cellaring

2017 Denali Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Parker — 86

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Wallis Denali Estate Vineyard offers lifted notes of stewed cherries and plums, black currant cordial, herbs and mossy bark. The palate is medium to full-bodied with an herbal streak and firm, bitter tannins, finishing hard.

2017 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Parker — 89

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Seraphim gives up warm cassis, baked plums and sassafras with hints of black olives and fragrant soil plus a waft of dried sage. The palate is full-bodied, firm and chewy with a good core of berry preserves with a firm, chewy finish.

2017 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Parker — 82

The deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is scented of prunes, baked berries, herbs, tobacco and raisins. The palate is medium to full-bodied, very hard, chewy and bitter.

2017 Denali Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast — 91

From the heart of the appellation, this valley floor red is 100% varietal and impresses in its high-toned red fruit and rich coconut oak. Cedar, pencil shavings and black currant provide a contrast of savory flavor around robust, expansive tannin and supple structure.

2017 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast — 90

Leathery tobacco and an earthy hint of gravel open this full-bodied wine, which follows with a sizable concentration of wild blueberry fruit. Accents of vanilla and coconut highlight the integrated oak, which persists on the long finish.

2017 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast — 90

This is a 100% varietal wine from the burly mountain appellation, boldly conceived and grippy in structure. Dusty plum, tobacco and clove accent a full-bodied grasp of length and breadth, the finish splendid in dark chocolate.

2017 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

James Suckling — 88

A big, concentrated red with chewy tannins and lots of extracted fruit. Charred oak, too. Full and powerful. A little dry at the end. Slightly overdone, but some may like it. Perhaps it will soften with bottle age? Try after 2020.

2017 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

James Suckling — 92

A dense and layered young red with velvety, chewy tannins and lots of terracotta and blackberry character. Full and juicy. Needs time to soften. Very well done for the vintage. Better after 2021.

2017 Denali Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

James Suckling — 87

This is a very big and extracted wine with loads of tannins and wood. Chewy. Slightly austere. A little disjointed. Wait and see.

2017 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Sommeliers Choice Awards — 95 Gold

Excellent showcase of Diamond Mountain. Over priced but that is what elite winemakers cost. Age this wine for at least 5 years, and decant to showcase the depth and complexity this wine has to offer.

2017 Denali Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Sommeliers Choice Awards — 89 Silver

A wine built to age. Complex and intense, a wine that should lay down for a few years to fully come to fruition. This wine showcases notes of ripe blueberries and cinnamon cake.

2017 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

Sommeliers Choice Awards — 86 Silver

Rich and robust. A wine built to age. Notes of rich ripe berries and ripe green peppers. This wine should be decanted and should be laid down until at least 2025.

2017 Denali Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Sunset International Wine Competition — 94 Gold

2017 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

2020 Sunset International Wine Competition — 98 - Double Gold

2017 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

Sunset International Wine Competition — 98

2017 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

2020 Las Vegas Global Wine Awards — 90

2017 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition — Silver

2016 Vintage

2016 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Texas International Wine Competition — Silver

2016 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

Texas International Wine Competition — Silver

2016 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition — Silver

2016 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition — Silver

2016 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 New Orleans International Wine Awards — Silver

2016 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

TEXSOM International Wine Awards — Silver

2016 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

TEXSOM International Wine Awards — Silver

2016 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinous — 92-95

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Seraphim opens with arrestingly beautiful, striking aromatics. Graphite, crème de cassis, lavender, licorice are all backed up by huge, imposing tannins. Readers should plan on being patient with the 2016, when it is bottled and eventually sold.

2016 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinous — 93

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a gorgeous, exotic beauty. Super-ripe red cherry, plum jam, mocha, new leather, licorice and pomegranate abound. Although not exactly a wine of site, the 2016 is flat out delicious and will be impossible to resist, even in its youth. Readers should expect a heady, flamboyant style

2016 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinous — 95

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Seraphim has really come along nicely since I tasted it last year. The tannins have softened considerably, which in turn allows the fruit to come through. This is an unusually rich, jammy style for Diamond Mountain, and while it would be nice to see a greater sense of place, there is no denying the wine’s beauty. An exotic mélange of raspberry jam, white chocolate, spice and new oak builds as this flamboyant, unapologetically opulent wine shows off its voluptuous curves and inviting personality.

2016 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Jeb Dunnuck — 92

The base cuvée is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon and it too comes all from the Diamond Mountain AVA, which in is the northwestern part of the valley. Aged in 80% new oak, it gives up beautifully classic notes of red and black fruits, dried earth, spice box, and savory herbs. It’s classic Diamond Mountain on the palate and is more supple, rounded, and sexy, with a layered, full-bodied style. Undeniably charming and delicious, it’s going to keep for 10-12 years.

2016 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

Jeb Dunnuck — 94

Coming from the Diamond Mountain AVA and brought up in 80% new French oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Seraphim is made by Thomas Rivers Brown and sports a saturated purple color as well as a perfumed, exotic bouquet of blueberries, crème de cassis, crushed violets, blood orange, and spice. It’s ripe, sexy, full-bodied, and beautifully textured.

2016 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Parker — 91+

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Seraphim opens with cassis, redcurrants, herbs and tilled soil with hints of cigars and hoisin. Medium to full-bodied, it has a good amount of tightly wound, muscular fruit with a firm, chewy frame and savory finish.

2016 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Parker — 89

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple colored and gives up notions of tar, fried herbs and scorched earth with balsamic, baked plums and dried berries plus raisin cake. The medium to full-bodied palate has mouth-filling baked black berries and loads of herbal sparks with a chewy foundation and earthy finish.

2016 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast — 95

A 100% varietal wine made by Thomas Rivers Brown, this is abundant in baked plum, cassis and dark currant. Firm tannins wrap around the integrated oak and secondary seasonings of black pepper, licorice and pepper, leaving a fresh, floral finish to ponder. Enjoy 2021–2026.

2016 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast — 94

This is a 100% varietal wine made by sought-after winemaking consultant Thomas Rivers Brown. It delivers a powerful package of plum and dark chocolate. Earthy tobacco and sage meld with grippy, youthful tannins to showcase a well-structured offering. Enjoy 2024–2029.

2016 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

James Suckling — 88

A big, concentrated red with chewy tannins and lots of extracted fruit. Charred oak, too. Full and powerful. A little dry at the end. Slightly overdone, but some may like it. Perhaps it will soften with bottle age? Try after 2020.

2016 Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon

James Suckling — 89

Gives a ripe impression of plum paste and walnuts on the nose with sweet, soft and easygoing, redder-plum flavors and an open-knit finish. Drink now.