Ashes & Diamonds, Mountain Cuvee #1 Bates Ranch 2016Regular price $120.00 Save $-120.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
At first glance, “Ashes and Diamonds” only brushes the surface of what the winery truly represents. The story—or journey rather—begins in the autumn of 2013 when Kashy Khaledi (son of winemaker Darioush Khaledi) was a creative media executive at Capitol Records, the “ideal job.” In the midst of a lengthy creative stump, Khaledi would often turn to old films for inspiration. He found one that shifted the course of his life—the 50s Polish film Ashes and Diamonds. A dream started to take shape; Khaledi threw himself into researching the viticulture and enology that shaped California’s wine culture. His quest for joint ventures began; he teamed up with Steve Matthiasson and Diana Snowden, farming vineyards in Napa Valley in the pursuit of balanced wine.
Bates Ranch is a historic vineyard that has now existed for four generations. In the southern part of Santa Cruz Mountains, the altitude here is up to 2100 feet where the Cabernet Sauvignon grows, and the old vine Cabernet Franc grows a few hundred feet below. The wines are co-fermented for 20 months in new American oak barrels (35%). The winemaker is acclaimed Diana Snowden.