Ashes & Diamonds Grand Vin No 3 2016, A & D Vineyard, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California

Ashes & Diamonds’ Grand Vin is a wine of finesse and elegance that maintains fresh red and blue fruit flavors while exalting secondary characters 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. 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. 2016 vintage – Maceration: 14 days) in stainless steel tanks. Barrel Aged: 20 months. Cooperage: 35% new French Oak