Ashes & Diamonds

2019 Red Wine
Napa Valley

2021 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 25 | Lot No. 8


Ashes & Diamonds


Red Wine
Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • V.1 is a milestone for Ashes & Diamonds
  • Ashes & Diamonds’ first-ever blend of limited-production, single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon lots
  • A marriage of muscle from high-elevation Cabernet Sauvignon with the finesse of estate Merlot
  • Crafted and blended by Steve Matthiasson and Diana Snowden Seysses—their first-ever collaboration

Ashes & Diamonds’ focus on single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from historic sites has remained an axis for us since 2016. For the first time, we are untethered from this axis. A Tête de Cuvée has been crafted to honor the launch of this very important occasion - A&D’s entry into Premiere Napa Valley - and the union of its two winemakers, Steve Matthiasson and Diana Snowden Seysses, working together on a single wine. To celebrate the history and tradition of Premiere Napa Valley, we thought deeply about how to produce a wine specifically for this occasion. We came to the decision to split with all that we had done before in Cabernet Sauvignon and create this new blend, V.1. Breaking convention is counterintuitive to the Premiere norms; and that’s where Ashes & Diamonds feels most comfortable.

Diana Snowden-Seysses

Winemaker, Ashes & Diamonds

Winemaker, Diana Snowden-Seysses

Diana Snowden Seysses graduated from the Viticulture & Enology program at UC Davis in 2001, then worked in both California and French cellars with Robert Mondavi Winery, Mumm Napa, the Araujo Estate, Château La Fleur de Boüard, Domaine Leflaive and Ramey Wine Cellars. By 2003, Diana had become enologist at Domaine Dujac in Burgundy, and consultant at Domaine de Triennes in Provence; in 2005 she became winemaker at Snowden Vineyards, and later for Ashes & Diamonds in 2016.

Diana was nicknamed “Señorita Macho” at Davis for her enthusiasm for the physical challenges of winemaking. In her spare time, she b-girls to ‘90s hip-hop classics from A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and Pete Rock & CL Smooth.

Country born: USA

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Steve  Matthiasson

Winemaker, Ashes & Diamonds

Winemaker, Steve  Matthiasson

Steve Matthiasson’s classically-balanced, restrained wines consistently earn the attention of consumers and critics alike, winning him Winemaker of the Year from both Food & Wine and the San Francisco Chronicle. Since receiving his M.S. from UC Davis in 1996, he has consulted for historic vineyards such as Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Spottswoode Winery, the Araujo Estate and Dalla Valle Vineyards. His commitment to viticulture stands as an affirmation of his belief that great wine starts in the vineyard. He is the founding winemaker of Ashes & Diamonds since 2014 and Matthiasson Family Vineyards -- his namesake winery founded in 2003.

In his spare time, Steve enjoys skateboarding and listening to punk rock classics from the Minutemen, Black Flag, Minor Threat and Dead Kennedys.

Country born: USA

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

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Premiere Napa Valley 2021 Wine Collection

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Ashes & Diamonds 2019 Red Wine Napa Valley V.1 25
AXR Napa Valley 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Sleeping Denali 25
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Chappellet Vineyard 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 25
Davis Estates 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Phase Five: Loving Life! 25
Favia 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley The Rabbit Hole 25
Fe Wines 2019 Red Wine Spring Mountain District Iron Baby 25
La Jota Vineyard Co. 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 25
Pride Mountain Vineyards 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Summit Select 25
Round Pond Estate 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford SVS Gravel Series Blend 25
Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Spottswoode Clone 25
Varozza Vineyards 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 25
Vineyard 36 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Bands of Aces 25
Volker Eisele Family Estate 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Chiles Valley District 25
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