Ashes & Diamonds Vineyard, "Gran Vin Nº 3" 2016, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Oak Knoll District
SUB-REGION: Napa Valley
VINEYARD: A & D Vineyard
GRAPES: Merlot, Cabernet Franc
SOIL: Gravelly clay loam
PRACTICE: Organic, sustainable
VINIFICATION: 30 year old vines, native yeast fermentation in stainlesss steel tanks, 14 day cold soak, aged 20 months in Bossuet French oak (35% new)
COLOR: Deep Ruby
BODY: Full (9-10)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Dark cherry, fresh blueberries, dried herbs
FLAVOR: Similar to nose, rich and intense
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Pair this rich and intense Bordeaux-style blend with a simply seasoned steak or lamb.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER: Winemaker Diana Snowden Seysses
Diana Snowden Seysses graduated from the Viticulture & Enology program at UC Davis in 2001, then worked in both California and French cellars with Robert Mondavi Winery, Mumm Napa, the Araujo Estate, Château La Fleur de Boüard, Domaine Leflaive and Ramey Wine Cellars. By 2003, Diana had become enologist at Domaine Dujac in Burgundy, and consultant at Domaine de Triennes in Provence; in 2005 she became winemaker at Snowden Vineyards.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD: Ashes & Diamonds Vineyard
“A&D VINEYARD” is located at the Ashes & Diamonds estate in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley.
Its alluvial soils derive from volcanic and marine sediments washed down from the Mayacamas Mountains into gravelly clay loam. Oak Knoll’s lingering morning fog and afternoon sea breezes support a moderate growing season favoring temperance over heat spikes.
Planted in 1986 to Clone 214 from Caldwell Nursery in the Cabernet Franc block, and Joseph Phelps and Robert Mondavi field selections for the Merlot block, the vineyard is farmed organically with minimal irrigation save for the driest of summer days.