ASHES & DIAMONDS’ Blanc is a fully ripe and textured, yet bright, zesty and supremely age-worthy blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon from three carefully-chosen vineyards in Napa Valley’s Oak Knoll District and Yountville.
ASHES & DIAMONDS’ Cabernet Franc is a naturally restrained, balanced wine with subtle power and aromatic finesse that comes from the volcanic clay and sandy loam soils of select vineyards in Napa Valley’s cooler south side (Los Carneros, Oak Knoll District and Yountville).
Red Hen Vineyard is another of Bart and Daphne Araujo’s biodynamically farmed sites. The property sits in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, located in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, across Highway 29 from A&D Vineyard. With well-draining gravel and cobblestones suspended in alluvial silt and clay, the soil here acts like a sponge, naturally pulling rainwater down from the mountains and requiring little to no irrigation. It also encourages fine tannins and finesse in the resulting wines. Red Hen’s Cabernets have a quiet power, poise and impressive length with silky, weightless tannins that are the hallmark of this benchland site.
ASHES & DIAMONDS’ Mountain Cuvée “Saffron Vineyard” comes from Lisa Chu’s organically farmed Mt. Veeder site, located high above the fog inversion line at an altitude of 1,500 feet, where daytime temperatures are often 15 degrees cooler than on the valley floor. the deep-rooted Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapevines were planted in 2000 in thin soils comprised of uplifted marine sediment and fractured shale. Soils with naturally low fertility and no irrigation make for naturally balanced grapevines with low yields and small berries. Once at the winery, the grapes are cold-soaked until native fermentation begins. The resulting wine is bouncy and outgoing, with explosive red fruit aromas like biting into a ripe, juicy plum, and fine, focused tannins.
ASHES & DIAMONDS’ Mountain Cuvée “Bates Ranch” is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the historic, four-generation-old Bates Ranch near Mount Madonna, in the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Cabernet Sauvignon grows at a peak altitude of 2,100 feet and an extreme southeast slope of 30%. A few hundred feet below, the old-vine Cabernet Franc, planted in 1972, is dry farmed in well-drained silt soils with inclusions of decomposed, iron-rich volcanic magma pushing up from below the earth. The picks of the two vineyards are staggered and then the grapes are co-fermented by native yeasts. The resulting wine is plush yet primal, with enveloping tannins and relentless length, dark fruit and the unmistakable vibrancy of dry-farmed old vines.
ASHES & DIAMONDS’ Cabernet Sauvignon “Mountain Peak” comes from an organically farmed vineyard situated high atop the Atlas Peak AVA in the Vaca Mountains, at an altitude of 1,400 feet. Planted in 2000, the site’s thin, rugged soils are 60% rock content, resulting in low yields, tiny berries and loose clusters that maintain the conspicuous power of mountain fruit in the pour of a glass. Once in the winery, the grapes are cold-soaked until the start of native fermentation. The resulting single-vineyard wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that’s rich and densely-packed, savory with dried sage and a signature cocoa aroma.
Ashes & Diamonds’ 2017 Blanc is a singular wine in many respects. It’s the only white wine produced in our portfolio, but what truly makes this wine is its focus on age. The age of a nearly century-old Sémillon vineyard (Yount Mill) in Yountville for depth and complexity, framed by a bright, zesty Sauvignon Blanc from Ryan’s Vineyard in Oak Knoll. Aged 12 months in-barrel, then an additional 24 months in-bottle, Ashes & Diamonds’ Blanc finally reveals itself as the wine it was meant to be: age-worthy, complex, yet utterly refreshing.
ASHES & DIAMONDS’ Cabernet Sauvignon “Rancho Pequeño Vineyard” comes from Bart and Daphne Araujo’s Oakville vineyard, on the east side of the valley floor. Its deep soils are composed of alluvial loam washed down from the eastern Vaca Mountains, maintaining a high water table resulting in little to no need for irrigation. The vineyards bask in the afternoon sunshine and are replenished by a cool marine influence at dusk and dawn. The resulting wine is a kaleidoscope of aromatics ranging from rose to game, bright and crunchy red fruit flavors with weightless power and purity.
ASHES & DIAMONDS’ Cabernet Sauvignon “Vineyard I" comes from a historic vineyard in the heart of Rutherford, a place that put Napa Valley on the world stage in the 1960s. As an homage to this golden era and its pioneers, we set out to rediscover the wines of the period. We partnered with the grower to farm the grapes in the traditional manner and harvested them at lower brix, matching the typical ripeness levels from this bygone era. Once in barrel, we blended French and American oak, the predominant method of the time. The resulting wine is tightly-knit, savory, single-varietal Cabernet Sauvignon that integrates heavenly aromas and flavors of dried herbs, tobacco, tea and crunchy red fruit, destined to be aged for decades to come.
ASHES & DIAMONDS’ Grand Vin is a wine of finesse and elegance that maintains fresh red and blue fruit flavors while exalting secondary characteristics of spice and herbal tones. The blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc comes from 30-year-old vines grown in gravelly clay loam at ASHES & DIAMONDS Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley.
ASHES & DIAMONDS’ Vin de Table is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc (press wine) from our estate in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. In the cooler climate of Oak Knoll, these varietals are ideally placed to demonstrate freshness and finesse with bright red fruits, herbs and spices that pair seamlessly with most friends and foods. A practice in unity and an expression of friendship, Merlot and Cabernet Franc represent harmony and balance.