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Made by Dan Petroski
- Oak Knoll AVA: a blend of Merlot (75%) and Cabernet Franc (25%) from 30-year-old vines grown in gravelly clay loam
- Merlot harvested August 29, Cabernet Franc harvested September 13
- Macerated in stainless steel tanks for 17 days (Merlot) and 21 days (Cabernet Franc)
- Aged in 50% new French Oak (Ermitage, Boussuet, Sylvain) for 20 months
- 780 cases produced
Founded in 2014, Ashes & Diamonds, “a love letter to the Napa Valley of the 1960s,” set out to revive this narrative: he would build a winery driven by collaboration, seeking the participation of Napa’s great contemporary voices in viticulture and enology.
For this New York debut, a selection of three wines from 2014 and 2015, Kashy (founder) proudly worked alongside winemakers Dan Petroski, Steve Matthiason, and Diana Snowden-Seysses, and winegrowers Bart and Daphne Araujo, and Lisa Chu. His relationship with Matthiason in particular, presented Kashy with access to the great vineyards of the valley, impeccably and responsibly cultivated, and, in some cases, time capsules of the very era he sought to honor. Petroski, of Larkmead and Massican fame, moved on from the endeavor after the 2015 harvest, and Snowden-Seysses took over. Kashy and Matthiasson first met with her at Domaine Dujac, where she has served as enologist.
In the past month, Ashes & Diamonds has opened its estate to the community: a winery in Oak Knoll, designed to reference the Case Study Houses of the mid-20th-century, has already served as a community space, encouraging engagement through a speaker series, and soon will host an extensive and intimate hospitality experience. Kashy was compelled to investigate the nuances of the estate vineyard’s original plantings, Cabernet Franc and Merlot from 1986, and has meticulously done so through organic farming and restrained winemaking – bottled as Grand Vin No.1, a prized component of Skurnik’s first offering.
These wines immediately annunciate a singular vision of the Napa Valley; they are animated, taut, and delicate in their pursuit of an expression of place.