Ashes & Diamonds’ determination to be one of the great wines of Napa Valley showed in one of the very first moves they made: They hired Steve Matthiasson, San Francisco Chronicle and Food & Wine Winemaker of the Year and one of the undisputed white-wine masters in California.
One single sip of the 2017 Ashes & Diamonds’ Blanc №3 ratifies their decision. A Sauvignon Blanc-Sémillon blend that belongs among the best from Napa Valley—think Lail, think Spottswoode, think of $100+ wines like Domaine de Chevalier and Smith Haut Lafitte from Bordeaux. We were enraptured when we tasted it, compelled by its complexity and its beautiful tension between power and electric minerality.
With a nose of tropical fruit, this is an unmistakably Californian wine, with deep minerality, savoriness, lemon blossom, and beeswax that make it a clear homage to great white Bordeaux. Without a doubt, it demonstrates why Ashes & Diamonds has turned into one of the hottest wineries in the valley.