90 Pts Connoisseurs' Guide
Showing all of the power, potency and sheer concentration that we anticipate from Mr. Cohn's wines, The Fallen Angel is a very ripe, absolutely mouthfilling Grenache that may admittedly skirt the borders of excess when it comes to trailing astringency and heat, but it manages to keep its sights unwaveringly set on very deep and convincing fruit from front to back. Age is a must, even for those who hold that bigger is better, and, if another two years strikes us as a minimum wait, we would opt for a few more.
Ulises Valdez planted the El Diablo Vineyard in 2008. The site is located on a ridge off of Eastside Road serves as the eastern edge of the Russian River Valley Appellation. The location of the site means that while each morning the vineyard is shrouded in fog by early afternoon the marine layer burns off and the vines are able to soak in several hours of warm sunlight. Within the rolling hillside Russian River site, vine rows at El Diablo Vineyard are planted on both parallel and perpendicular terraces, translating to great diversity, even within a single variety: varying clones, soil types, drainage levels and exposures build complexity into each El Diablo vineyard designated wine.