A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc sourced from the Ashes and Diamonds vineyard in Yountville. Its alluvial soils derive from volcanic and marine sediments washed down from the Mayacamas Mountains into gravelly clay loam. The site was planted in 1986 to Clone 214 from Caldwell Nursery in the Cabernet Franc block, and Joseph Phelps and Robert Mondavi field selections for the Merlot block. Farmed organically, and with minimal intervention, Oak Knoll’s lingering morning fog and afternoon sea breezes support a moderate growing season favouring temperance over heat spikes.
“Born at the Ashes & Diamonds estate, this blend serves as a testament to Khaledi’s vision of reviving the restrained, taut style of a bygone wine era. The Grand Vin is an exercise in refinement balanced by terroir. There’s no mistaking this wine came from the Napa Valley, and yet it pushes the boundaries of what the Napa Valley can be by pursuing purity of site to its end.” The Wine Advocate