The 2019 Crestarun is the youngest, most vibrant red wine we've ever released, and showcases our newest vineyard source, the Villa Cresta in Bel Air, overlooking the Los Angeles Basin and Pacific ocean. This wine, inspired by the “Super Tuscans" of Italy, is a brilliant, bright blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. The vineyard was planted by the late John Hotchkis, an L.A. native, successful businessman, and philanthropist, who competed in the famed Cresta Run, a treacherous, one-man sled race in Switzerland. The vineyard, and wine's name are in his honor.
The wine gets its vibrant red fruits from the Sangiovese grown in the hills of Bel Air, while its structure is provided by Cabernet Sauvignon from the Malibu Coast, and lastly the soft plushy mid-palate from Antelope Valley Merlot. All of the wines for this delicious blend were fermented with native yeasts, and aged for 10 months in neutral oak barrels, allowing the wine’s natural fruit, freshness, and acidity to shine through. Only 29 cases produced.
Bright red cherries, roasted herbs, and flash of tar show on the nose of this classic Sangiovese. The palate is light and playful, with more red fruits, a kiss of nutmeg, and brilliant acidity that culminates in a flashy finish.