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The Crusher Petite Sirah is a saturated, deep purple color in the glass with vivid aromas of blackberry, blueberry, and spiced fig jam. The inviting aromas lead to a bold palate loaded with juicy fruit flavors of pomegranate, blackberry and black currants along with clove and cinnamon spice notes. The wine spends nearly 12 months in a combination of French, Hungarian and American oak, giving the final blend a soft texture with fine, well-integrated tannins.
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 a half million acres of vineyards, supporting a diverse varietal mix. For our 2018 The Crusher Petite Sirah, we sourced delicious fruit from the Lake Winchester and Screeching Owl vineyards in Clarksburg as well as the Mettler and Kautz Family vineyards in Lodi. These two California regions are known for producing deeply flavored and rich red wines. We also tapped growers in the Suisun Valley, Napa Valley and Sonoma County regions to bring additional, high-quality fruit together for this final blend.
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.
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.