Ashes & Diamonds Mountain Cuvee Saffron Vineyard 2019 750ml
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Ashes & Diamonds Mountain Cuvee Saffron Vineyard 2019

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ASHES & DIAMONDS' Mountain Cuvée "Saffron Vineyard" comes from Lisa Chu's organically farmed Mt. Veeder site, located high above the fog inversion line at an altitude of 1,500 feet, where daytime temperatures are often 15 degrees cooler than on the valley floor. The deep-rooted Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapevines were planted in 2000 in thin soils comprised of uplifted marine sediment and fractured shale. Soils with 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 aromas like biting into a ripe, juicy plum, and fine, focused tannins.
Wine Enthusiast
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This well-proportioned wine blended from Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon offers good black-fruit flavors, nice hints of cinnamon and toasted oak, and a slightly firm texture due to fine-grained tannins and balancing acidity. It's an elegant wine that won't tire you out.

Jim Gordon, April 1, 2023
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From an unirrigated vineyard above the fog line on Mount Veeder, the 2019 Mountain Cuvée No. 4 Saffron Vineyard is a blend of 60% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc, all aged in 30% new French oak. Offering up scents of black cherries and mocha, it's medium-bodied and streamlined, with soft, silky tannins and a softly dusty finish. Winemaker Diana Snowden Seysses has crafted an intriguing wine, as it tastes ripe yet comes across as lower alcohol (it's labeled at 13.4%) than most of its brethren.

Joe Czerwinski, March 31, 2023
Jeb Dunnuck
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The ruby/plum-hued 2019 Merlot Mountain Cuvée Saffron Vineyard is another solid effort. Smoky red and black fruits, scorched earth, tobacco, and chocolate all define the aromatics, and it's medium-bodied, has plenty of concentration and depth, and a good finish.

February 16, 2023

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