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The Crusher Pinot Noir is a brilliant, ruby red color in the glass with fresh aromas of strawberry, red raspberry, rhubarb and subtle pepper spice. This expressive wine is smooth and graceful on the palate with juicy pomegranate fruit, red plum, black tea and rose candy flavors. The wine is well-balanced with ripe fruit, silky tannins and a good line of acidity which leads to a very lengthy finish. The Crusher Pinot Noir was aged with mostly French oak for 8 months giving it excellent integration.
With its moderate climate, and diverse terroir, California offers many distinct AVAs. Known for its abundant sunshine which helps to ensure a reliable extended growing season, the “Golden State” has become an American winemaking mecca on par with the other great wine regions of the world. California boasts nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs), that encompass over half million acres of vineyards, supporting a diverse varietal mix. For our 2019 The Crusher Pinot Noir, the focus continues to source clones of Pinot Noir that tend to give a bigger presence and profile. Clone 25 from Brian’s Vineyard in Lodi, Clone 4 from Elk Slough Vineyard in Clarksburg, and clones 115, 667, and 777 from Wilson Vineyards in Clarksburg, as well as clone 115 from Runyon Vineyard in Clarksburg are all used in this Pinot Noir.
California enjoyed decent winter rainfall that helped eased ongoing drought effects and kicked off the 2019 growing season with well-watered soils. The long, warm summer saw few extreme heat events setting the stage for producing vibrant and expressive wines. The long and relatively mild finish to the season helped to preserve freshness and finesse in the fruit with extended hangtime producing great color, flavor, structure and tannin.
More than 110 years ago, the Sebastiani family embarked on a winemaking journey, setting down roots in Sonoma, California. With passion, hard work, and decades of pioneering in the wine industry now under their belt, a mission to deliver varietally expressive, premium quality wines sourced from the Golden State’s finest regions was born—introducing The Crusher. Named for the first, most precious moments in the winemaking process when grapes meet “The Crusher” and begin their transformation into a food-friendly, approachable wine.