Cruse Wine Co. "Monkey Jacket"
Staff Pick

Cruse Wine Co. "Monkey Jacket" - 2018

Item # 37455 750mL
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$24.96 $21.22 / Single Bottle
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Tasting Notes

Made from Valdiguié, Tannat and other heritage varieties, this pure. juicy red wine is a delight at the table. We love the minerality, refreshing acidity and grippy tannins on the finish. Winemaker Mike Cruse sources his fruit from various vineyards and is turning out stunning wines with his minimal interventionist style.

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Staff Pick Notes

This Northern Californian blend is 53% Valdiguié with the remainder being old-vine Carignan, a red field blend, Petite Sirah, and Tannat. It is a wine of impressive vibrancy and brightness on the nose, but with a palate of late summer in California: sunny, dry, and serious. Medium-bodied with notes of cranberry and raspberry and a nice tannic structure. It can be your everyday table wine and will pair nicely anything light and bright like a green salad or blue cheese or chocolate.

- DK

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