The whole is greater than the sum of the parts: our blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petite Sirah confirms this axiom. Discover how our grapes’ separate identities become uniquely integrated once MIXT or thoroughly co-mingled.
A complex, four-varietal red blend from a single two acre vineyard in St. Helena that is delicious! Lots of blackberry and dark cherry nuances are accented by spicy notes of white pepper and black olive. Deep and rich, the blend has a long finish with a nice balance of acidity and tannin.
Most of the fruit for MIXT is from the 1½-acre Kidd Ranch in Napa Valley. This 32-year-old, dry farmed vineyard is located on the valley floor within St. Helena.
Located on an ancient, gravelly alluvial fan of Sulphur Creek, the soils of the Kidd Ranch vineyard are identified as Bale and Cortina mounds scattered throughout. Vines growing in Bale soil have access to more stored moisture during the growing season and, as a result, vine shoots are longer and leaves stay greener throughout the hot summer months.
These healthy leaves and shoots offer sun protection to the grape clusters allowing for bigger berries with higher anthocyanin (color) levels than in fruit from Cortina soil, yet develop color and flavor more slowly. Vines growing in Cortina soil have smaller shoots and fewer leaves than those in Bale soil.
The gravel loam throughout Cortina soil forces the St. George rootstock to work hard to obtain necessary moisture to maintain healthy leaves and fruit. As a result, the clusters and berries are smaller, tend to have more sun exposure, and is first to exhibit full color and flavor at harvest.