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The Crusher 2018 Chardonnay displays fragrant aromas of bright lemon-lime citrus, crème fraiche, and subtle spice with a hint of toasted popcorn kernel. This wine’s French oak fermentation gives the final blend a full-bodied mouthfeel and rich texture. The palate is layered with flavors of creamy white peach, tangerine with toasted hazelnut and baked pie crust flavors. The wine is well-balanced with a core of juicy fruit, concentrated flavor and a long, persistent finish.
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 2018 The Crusher Chardonnay, the grapes come from Clarksburg, Sonoma Valley and Mendocino. We tapped the Heringer Vineyard in Clarksburg for Chardonnay with wonderful aromatics and ripe flavor. The fruit from the Watmaugh Ranch Vineyard in the heart of Sonoma Valley lend a lush, creamy mouthfeel, and the fruit from Pauli Ranch Vineyard in Mendocino offer good structure and bright acidity.
California enjoyed a near picture-perfect growing season for the 2018 vintage. A mild spring with good flowering and uniform grape cluster formation ultimately led to high quality fruit across varietals. Steady and warm temperatures throughout the summer led to an unhurried harvest with excellent conditions lasting well into late October as all varietals came into the winery. Overall, the 2018 wines are some of the most flavorful and of highest quality in decades.