Why We Love This Wine:
All of the wines produced by CrossHatch Winery are co-fermented blends sourced from Santa Barbara County vineyards. CrossHatch was created in 2011 by winemaker Ryan Carr. After making only single varietal wines for eleven years, Ryan wanted to try something different. He and his wife Jessica came up with the idea for CrossHatch, inspired by the classic form of art. Cross hatching is an artistic technique that uses closely spaced intersecting lines to create shading, definition, and form in a drawing.
Carr took this technique and adapted it into the winemaking process by harvesting multiple varietals on the same day, then crushing and fermenting them together. Some of the best and oldest wines in the world are made this way, but with the microclimates of Santa Barbara it really adds another layer to the process. Co-fermentation brings out and creates flavors in the wine that would not have existed otherwise. This makes the CrossHatch wine truly one of a kind. Only 1000 cases are produced each year.
Sommelier Tasting Notes:
Put simply, to “Unveil” is to uncover a physical object or idea. This co-fermented blend of Pinot Noir and Syrah reveals a winemaking secret. A widely practiced technique not regularly spoken of, rather kept unknown, is the 5% percent addition of Syrah to Pinot Noir. The Syrah adds complexity and depth to the fruitful Pinot Noir. The wine is light ruby in color with hints of roasted strawberry, ripe plum, an earthy mid-palate with a touch of spice.
The Unveil is a red wine blend made of 95% Pinot Noir from Hilliard Bruce Vineyard and 5% Syrah from Kærskov Vineyard. The grapes were picked, crushed, and co-fermented together and then aged for two years in French oak barrels.
Producer: Crosshatch Winery
Region: Santa Barbara, California
Grape Varietals: Pinot Noir and Syrah