Napa Valley, California
Mountain Cuvee Saffron Vineyard N04 2019
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Ashes & Diamonds' Mountain Cuvee "Saffron Vineyard" comes from Lisa Chu's organically farmed Mt. Veeder site, located high above the fog inversion line at an altitide of 1500 feet, where the daytime tempatures are often 15 degreed cooler than on the valley floor. The deep-rooted Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapevines were planted in 2000 in thin soils comprised of uplifted marine sediment and fractured shale. Soils are 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 aromad like biting into a ripe, juicy plum, and fine, focused tannins.