“The landscape of wine is as much cultural as it is geological. We are channeling the energy of the soil and the people into wine.”
“We took risks and accepted no concessions to make the exact wines we’d like to drink.”
“Wines that have a sense of place are as important to me as the feeling visitors have that Ashes & Diamonds is their place, their home.”
“Making sparkling wine in the New World as a lens to examine terroir is our continued focus.”
Planted over 30 years ago, A&D Vineyard is farmed organically with minimal irrigation save for the driest of summer days.
The expression of this vineyard is heightened by Bart and Daphne Araujo’s commitment to environmental stewardship and biodynamic farming.
“Vineyard I” is a historic vineyard in the heart of Rutherford planted to Clone 6 and Clone 4 under thin, gravelly soils.
Soils with naturally low fertility and no irrigation make for naturally balanced grapevines with low yields and small berries.
The 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine produced from this vineyard is rich and densely-packed, savory with dried sage and a signature cocoa aroma.
The wine from Bates Ranch is plush yet primal, with enveloping tannins and relentless length, dark fruit and the vibrancy of dry-farmed old vines.