The Crossing


Suggested Retail Price $39.99


Vineyards: The Merlot from this blend comes from the Oak Knoll appellation of Napa Valley. The Pinot Noir is from a cool, fog influenced vineyard at the base of Napa Valley.

Tasting Notes: A mix of red and dark berry aromas with a hint of rose petal and black licorice. Lush mixed berry flavors indicative of the two varietals with a round, fruit driven middle followed by dry tannins on the finish that bring the wine into balance. Truly an approachable wine with a surprising complexity achieved by the unusual blending of varietals.

Food Pairings: Mediterranean lamb dishes or pastas with meat sauce.

Blend: 57% Merlot, 43% Pinot Noir

Appellation: 100% Napa Valley

Harvest Date: October 15 - 20 [Year??}

Average Brix: 24.3

Aging: The Merlot was kept in stainless tanks to preserve the ripe fruit flavors. The Pinot Noir was aged on oak for 18 month.

Alcohol: 14.6%

T.A.: 5.52 g/L

pH: 3.58

Cases Produced: 710

"This was a fun project - thumbing our nose at Sideways. Other potential names were "Mernot" or "Bordugundy." The Merlot was fermented separately from the Pinot Noir, each made in the stylistic manner appropriate for their varietal with different aging regimes used on each. Quite a bit of time was spent on blending trials to get the balance just right."

 - Notes from our winemaker