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The Crusher Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

 

Holy Dynamic Duo Batman!

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You LOVED (and so did Forbes Magazine!) The Crusher Petite Sirah so we brought in The Crusher Cabernet Sauvignon, The Crusher Merlot and The Crusher Red Blend and now, may we present: The Crusher Pinot Noir. And with the enormous interest in The Crusher Reds, we decided to bring in The Crusher Chardonnay.  The Crusher Wines are just the right blend of varietally correct with a touch of new world style. Very hard, if at all possible, to object to The Crusher. But don't ask us, ask Forbes Magazine! Meanwhile, meet The Crusher Pinot Noir and The Crusher Chardonnay and their winemakers:

The Crusher 2012 Pinot Noir

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Our 2012 Grower’s Selection Pinot Noir has a warm and inviting bouquet, aromas of wild cherry, raspberry and toasted cedar lift out of the glass. It’s an elegant wine with silky texture and crisp acidity typical of grapes grown in cool-climate regions. Delicious flavors of boysenberry, tart cranberry and pomegranate seed marry with a faint hint of caraway in the background creating layered complexity.

Pinot Noir is probably the most versatile wine to pair with food. It is one of the lightest bodied red varietals yet, with ample fruit, spice, and earthiness, it easily breaks the rule that white wines must go with seafood, and red wines must go with red meats. Try pairing this wine with a savory dish like mushroom risotto or something on the lighter side like grilled trout with green beans and farro.

Appellation

The Clarksburg AVA is an up and coming wine region located in California’s Sacramento Delta. The area was quickly discovered by grape growers attracted by a microclimate which closely mirrored that of nearby Napa Valley. The soils here are a combination of poorly-draining clay and rich loam, meaning the vines experience nutrient-rich and sometimes arid conditions. During the growing season, warm days give way to cooling afternoon breezes from the San Francisco Bay, dropping temperatures down 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit from their daytime highs. This mass of cool air allows wine grapes to retain more acidity than those grown in similarly warm regions.

Vintage

In contrast to the tough vintages of the last two years, the stars seemed to align for Clarksburg in 2012. Clarksburg winemakers enjoyed a long sunny growing season that produced generous amounts of beautiful fruit. Indeed, the biggest challenge of 2012 turned out to be staging the picking and processing, as all the varietals were ready to pick at the same time—a very unusual occurrence. Clarksburg yields were up and quality was exceptional. All the varietals enjoyed extended hang time, developing great color, concentrated flavors, and finely balanced structure and acidity. 2012 should prove to be an exciting year for wines from The Crusher.

Greg Kitchens

GREG KITCHENS

Red Winemaker

Growing up in Napa, Greg quickly developed his passion, and palate, from a very young age. What’s more, his affinity for recognizing great wines at accessible price points started early as well. During his budget-conscious college days, Greg scoured wine shops for great wines that delivered far beyond their modest prices. It’s a focus that’s made him a natural fit here at Don & Sons.

Greg brings a unique mix of art and science to the process of making wine. With an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, he initially conducted immunology research at the La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology in southern California. But the calling of the drinkable sciences kept tugging at his heart. He returned home to Napa Valley for the harvest of 1998, and hasn’t looked back since.

Working initially at Beaulieu Vineyards in Napa Valley and Sebastiani Vineyards prior to coming to Don & Sons, he quickly worked his way up the ladder from the laboratory to associate winemaker in a matter of a couple of years. In 2009 he became our Red Winemaker, bringing his finely honed blend of science and art to every vintage since.

The Crusher Chardonnay

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Our Chardonnay has a beautiful golden color and a signature Clarksburg aroma of freshly cut pineapple, followed by gentle notes of sugar cookie and toasty oak. This mellow, well-rounded wine is buttery yet fruity, with vanilla cream, blanched almond and canned pineapple avors. It’s marked by soft, balanced acidity and natural sweetness, making it a spectacular food wine. Pair with rich dishes such as eggs benedict, pumpkin ravioli or salmon sh cakes.

Appellation

The Clarksburg AVA is an up and coming wine region located in California’s Sacramento Delta. The area was quickly discovered by grape growers attracted by a microclimate which closely mirrored that of nearby Napa Valley. The soils here are a combination of poorly-draining clay and rich loam, meaning vines experience nutrient-rich and sometimes arid conditions. During the growing season, warm days give way to cooling afternoon breezes from the San Francisco Bay, dropping temperatures down 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit from their daytime highs. This mass of cool air allows wine grapes to retain more acidity than those grown in similarly warm regions.

Vintage

In contrast to the challenging vintages of 2010 and 2011, the stars aligned perfectly for Clarksburg in 2012. Clarksburg winemakers enjoyed a long sunny growing season that produced generous amounts of beautiful fruit to work with. Indeed, the biggest challenge of 2012 turned out to be staging the picking and processing, as all the varietals were ready to pick at the same time—a very unusual occurrence. Clarksburg yields were up and quality was exceptional. All the varietals enjoyed extended hang time, developing great color, concentrated avors, and nely balanced structure and acidity. 2012 will prove to be an exciting year for wines from The Crusher.

The Crusher

For more than 115 years, the Sebastiani name has been synonymous with quality winemaking in Sonoma County. Likewise, the Wilson family has been growing grapes in the Clarksburg region south of Sacramento since 1922. Created in tribute to the multi-generational partnership these two well-regarded wine families have enjoyed, The Crusher is fittingly named for the point where the fruit of one family's labors literally gives way to those of the other.

Gloria Mercado-Martín

GLORIA MERCADO-MARTÍN

White Winemaker

Born and raised in Spain by a Spanish mother and a Puerto Rican father who loved food, wine and the outdoors, Gloria Mercado-Martin naturally gravitated to the world of vineyards and wineries. As an undergrad in Seville, Spain, she studied agricultural engineering and was instantly drawn to enology for its fascinating blend of biology and chemistry. Upon graduation, her father encouraged her to journey to California, and she’s been creating standout wine here in the Golden State ever since.

When it comes to her craft, Gloria takes a less-is-more approach. She believes her role is to let the wine do the talking, to help it express itself fully without bending or forcing it in a particular direction. It’s a philosophy that has served her well throughout an extensive career working within some of the most respected names in the wine industry—Beringer Vineyards, Domaine Chandon, and Jackson Family Wineries. Here at Don & Sons, Gloria oversees White Winemaking for all of our brands. We, and you, couldn’t be more lucky.

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