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2014 CrossHatch Shading, Santa Ynez Valley is selected as a TOP 5 Wine of 2018 by Wines on the Range editor, Tony Marlow.

CrossHatch Winery was created in 2011 by Ryan and Jessica Carr as a separate label to their Carr Winery. While the Carr label has always focused on single varietal wines, Ryan and Jessica started CrossHatch as an effort to think outside of the box a bit and create kick ass blends. While most winemakers ferment varietals individually before blending the wines, Ryan has gone all old-world on his CrossHatch wines as he co-ferments the different varietals in the same tank, at the same time; to make his blends………… Pretty freakin’ awesome!!!

In the glass, this Grenache/Syrah blend out of Santa Ynez is dark. The core is a blackish purple with a garnet halo……

On the nose I’m hit with blueberries, raspberries, and black pepper. A swirl in the glass and another sniff brings out a note of chocolate covered cherries that I loooove…..

When I give this thing a taste, the first thing I notice is the richness… The wine is silky on the palate and while it has a tight black cherry start, the mid-palate opens up with notes of soft blue fruit and cola ———–> The finish is lush with more of the raspberries and black pepper kick that I got on the nose……

Y’all, at this point – this little guy is a TOP 5 2018 wine for me…. They made like 150 cases of this one and somehow have it priced at $28 bucks a bottle which is ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS…. Get on CrossHatch now! I don’t care what you pair with this stuff, just enjoy the hell out of it – I sure did…..

2014 CrossHatch Winery “Shading Rhône Blend” Santa Ynez CA