Ashes & Diamonds, Blanc No. 8 2017, Napa Valley, CA
This white Bordeaux-style blend is bright and complex on the nose, with notes of tropical fruit, herbs, and beeswax. It’s zesty and creamy on the palate, with yellow pear and minerality and a long finish.
APPELLATION (AVA): Napa Valley
REGION: North Coast
VINEYARD(S): From two carefully selected vineyards in Oak Knoll District and Yountville.
GRAPES: Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon
PRACTICE: Organic, sustainable
VINIFICATION: 100% Barrel fermented, no stirring. Aged in barrel 10 months (30% new French oak).
COLOR: Pale yellow
BODY: Medium to full bodied
PRIMARY AROMAS: Tropical fruits, minerality, lemon, blossom, savory, beeswax
FLAVOR: a fully ripe and textured, yet bright, zesty, juicy, creamy yet fresh
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTION: Serve chilled, but not too cold (45-50° F). Serve with our Salt Crusted Red Millet with Shishito Pepper and Japanese Rice.
ABOUT THE WINEMAKER: Steve Matthiasson
“Steve Matthiasson’s classically balanced, restrained wines consistently earn the attention of consumers and critics alike, winning him Winemaker of the Year from both Food & Wine and the San Francisco Chronicle. Since receiving his M.S. from UC Davis in 1996, he has consulted for historic vineyards such as Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Spottswoode Winery, the Araujo Estate and Dalla Valle Vineyards. His commitment to viticulture stands as an affirmation of his belief that great wine starts in the vineyard.” (ashesdiamonds.com)