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Mountain Cuvée №1 — 2016

Bates Ranch

Santa Cruz Mountains

ASHES & DIAMONDS’ Mountain Cuvée “Bates Ranch” is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the historic, four-generation-old Bates Ranch near Mount Madonna, in the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Cabernet Sauvignon grows at a peak altitude of 2,100 feet and an extreme southeast slope of 30%. A few hundred feet below, the old-vine Cabernet Franc, planted in 1972, is dry farmed in well-drained silt soils with inclusions of decomposed, iron-rich volcanic magma pushing up from below the earth. The picks of the two vineyards are staggered and then the grapes are co-fermented by native yeasts. The resulting wine is plush yet primal, with enveloping tannins and relentless length, dark fruit and the unmistakable vibrancy of dry-farmed old vines.

Technical Data
Harvest Date
September 13
Maceration
13 days
pH
3.6
TA
5.9 g/L
Alcohol
14%
Barrel Aged
20 months
Cooperage
35% new American Oak (Canton)
Cases Produced
300
Vineyard
Bates Ranch

Available in 1.5L Magnum size.

$105
750ml
$105
1.5L
$210
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