Crux Winery

2015 Petite Sirah Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA

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Appearance deep inky garnet
Aromas blackberry, plum, bakers chocolate, vanilla bean, dank forest floor
Palate blueberry, spice, black pepper, violet, chewy tannins, vigorous acidity, lingering finish
Food Pairing Suggestions
Pair this tannic Petite Sirah with roasted and barbecued meats, dishes with rich, creamy sauces, root vegetables and sauteed mushrooms. Try with fresh mozzarella, aged goat or blue cheeses.

90% Petite Sirah, 5% Zinfandel, 5% Syrah

177 cases
Aging Potential
Enjoy now or cellar through 2030 and beyond.

92 points, Gold Medal, Exceptional, Cellar Selection –

“Black garnet color, aromas of plum pudding with balsamic reduction, roasted strawberries, toasted cinnamon stick, and cacao nibs with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a long heirloom grape jelly, cracked peppercorns, sun dried tomato, and molasses finish. A peppery, spicy Petite Sirah that will pair with all manner of grilled fare; balanced, complex and highly satisfying”. 90 points, Excellent – Wine Enthusiast

Petite Sirah: Windsor Oaks, Zinfandel & Syrah: Crazy Run Ranch (Estate)
Winemaker Notes

“Our 2015 Petite Sirah has blackberry fruit on the nose and the palette, which is typical for this varietal. We like a little Zinfandel and Syrah in the blend to make it more approachable at a younger age. As usual, it’s a big, tannic wine that will last for a very long time yes has a smooth, lush mouthfeel that keeps you coming back for more. This wine pairs very well with roasted meats or all by itself.” – Winemakers/Owners Brian Callahan and Steven Gower

Fermentation: partial whole berry carbonic fermentation using native yeast, basket pressed after 14 days on the skins

Unfined, unfiltered

Barrels: French Oak, 20% new

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About the Winemakers

As grape growers and winemakers, Owners Brian Callahan and Steven Gower approach farming in a sustainable and earth friendly manner. In addition to their own fruit, they also source from select vineyard sites owned by growers with a similar philosophy who have likewise embraced environmental practices in vineyard management. While using California fruit, Brian and Steven apply Old World winemaking techniques. They are destemming the fruit instead of crushing it and they do natural, extended fermentations using open top fermenters punched down several times a day. Crux also ages their wine in bottle for an extra year, so when you open it you’ll find a wine that is ready to drink and one that shows off the unique characteristic of each varietal.

About the Winery
Crux Winery
What started as two neighbors with a serious passion for wine has since turned into an impressive small production portfolio of Rhone-inspired wines. Winemakers/Owners Brian Callahan and Steven Gower initially planted their own vineyards, situated above the fogline, in the northern part of the Russian River Valley. They wanted to make wine with the less commonly found Rhone varietals – Grenache, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache Blanc and Viognier – which thrive in the warmer, northern part of the AVA. In close proximity to both Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley, their vines sit at the crossroads, or transitional zone, of the AVAs which inspired the name, “Crux”.
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