The Crusher 2018 Chardonnay opens with aromas of lemon-ginger wafers, fresh Pippin apple, honey and sweet vanilla. The wine is fermented with French oak giving the final blend rich texture on the palate with toasted hazelnut and baked pie crust flavors. The wine is very well-balanced with a core of bright fruit, layers of flavor and a long, plush 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 2017 The Crusher Chardonnay, the grapes come from an almost even 55-45% split between Clarksburg and Contra Costa County, California. We tapped the Heringer and Wilson Vineyards in Clarksburg for Chardonnay with wonderful aromatics and bright acidity. The fruit from the rolling hills east of Brentwood in Contra Costa County lend a lush, creamy mouthfeel.
California enjoyed above-average rainfall that helped end the ongoing drought; the vines were healthy and well-watered and enjoyed a warm summer when harvest began at a normal time and pace. The harvest yields are what was expected and quality and flavor development is excellent in the vintage 2017 wines.
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.
COMPOSITION: 100% Chardonnay