{2015 The Crossing}

Petit Verdot x Malbec Field Blend




The Crossing is a serendipitous intersection of Petit Verdot and Malbec that embodies our pioneering quest for discovery, even in our own back yard.

Blend 53% Petit Verdot, 44% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard Designation Arrowhead Vineyard, Sonoma Valley
Soil Profile Rhyolitic ash, alluvial wash and clay loam
Wine Notes Unique juxtaposition of Petit Verdot and Malbec harmoniously honoring its dual lineage – grounded in a cool, quiet, earthiness yet balanced by a fresh exuberance. Aromas of violets, dark wild mountain cherries and sarsaparilla. Wild currant and dark baking cherry on the palate, with a cool eucalyptus finish.
Specs pH 3.78 ǀ Acid .54 g/100mL ǀ Alcohol 14.8%
Production 94 cases produced

Sourced from the volcanic soils at the base of Arrowhead Mountain, this unique juxtaposition of Petit Verdot and Malbec harmoniously honors its dual lineage. Grounded in a cool, quiet, earthiness born from the Petit Verdot, this wine is also balanced by a fresh exuberance from the Malbec. Bluish-purple in color, this unique blend opens modestly with aromas of fresh violets, dusty eucalyptus, dark wild mountain cherries and a hint of sarsaparilla root. Medium to full-bodied with bright acidity and fine-but-plentiful tannins, this wine exudes flavors of wild currant, dark red baking cherries with a fresh, cool eucalyptus finish. This wine drinks beautifully now, but can age gracefully for 15 years.

This field blend is sourced from two contiguous yet wholly-distinctive vineyard blocks among the foothills of Arrowhead Mountain, both boasting rhyolitic ash. Harvested concurrently, the selected four blocks were hand-sorted to a single tank and co-fermented on skins for three weeks. The wine then aged 16 months in thin-stave, French oak barrels (40% new, 60% used) from Baron, Quintessence and Saury cooperages, prior to aging one year in bottle.

A unique wine, The Crossing is a Petit Verdot and Malbec field blend.