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Ashes & Diamonds Red Hen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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750ML / 13.7% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The "Red Hen Vineyard" comes from Bart and Daphne Araujo’s property in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. The well-drained gravelly loam soil acts like a sponge, naturally pulling rainwater down from the neighboring mountains and requiring little to no irrigation. The wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from four different blocks with distinct characteristics, fermented together by native yeasts. The resulting wine has quiet power, poise and impressive length that comes in waves. The bright, fresh fruit combined with silky, weightless tannins are the hallmark of this benchland site.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: The 2016 Ashes & Diamonds Cabernet Sauvignon No 1, from the Red Hen Vineyard, is tremendously rich and superbly-structured. TASTING NOTES: This is a beautiful wine. Its powerful fruit and flavors stay refined and delicate from start to finish. Pair it with a well-marbled grilled ribeye. (Tasted: September 26, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
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As one of Napa’s coolest sub-appellations, the area begs for diversity among its vineyards. Merlot and Chardonnay firmly compete with Cabernet Sauvignon for a place here. Some of Napa’s best Zinfandels also come from the Oak Knoll District.

Situated far in Napa’s southern end, Oak Knoll receives a strong cooling influence from both the San Pablo Bay and the Pacific Coast’s evening fog and breezes. Summer days are warm but on average ten degrees cooler than in St. Helena farther north up the valley; summer nights are chilly. A long growing season promotes for leisurely ripening of grape berries, resulting in an impressive balance of sugars, phenols and acidity.

Notable producers include Trefethen, one of the appellation’s oldest wineries, Robert Biale, legendary Zinfandel producer and Lewis Cellars, a family-run, hands-on establishment.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

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