Last week I had the pleasure of participating in the #CrushUp Twitter TasteLive event. This exciting tasting, which featured simultaneous tweet-up parties in four big cities, was put on by Michael Wangbickler of Balzac Communications and Marketing. The tasting offered the opportunity to sample the newest release of wines from Don Sebastiani and Son’s ‘The Crusher’ label. The Sebastianai family name dates back to 1904, when Samuele Sebastiani, Don’s grandfather, grew wine grapes and opened a winery in Sonoma County. Today, Don Sebastiani and Sons is an international wine négociant that’s well-known for producing satisfying, everyday value wines. Like me, many of you may be familiar with brands like Smoking Loon and Pepperwood Grove, which are also in Don Sebastiani and Son’s portfolio. These brands provide good quality-to-price-ratio at $10 and under. The Crusher label is appellation specific, featuring wines sourced from the up-and-coming Clarksburg AVA that’s located just southwest of Sacramento. The suggested retail price for wines under The Crusher brand is $18. In my humble opinion, the QPR (quality-to-price-ratio) really starts to kick in when you jump into The Crusher’s red wine lineup. If you see The Crusher wines at your local wine shop, buy with confidence. The endless stream of positive tweets was proof that many wine enthusiasts developed a crush on The Crusher during the #CrushUp Twitter tasting. Below are my notes from the event. And, yes, I do have a bit of a crush on The Crusher too. Cheers!
"From the vineyard, to the Crusher, to your table"
The Crusher 2010 Rosé (97.5% Pinot Noir, 2.5% Viognier)- A fresh rosé with gentle aromas of strawberry, rhubarb, and melon with a fairly fleshy mouth-feel. The palate is bright with delicate red fruit, a hint of sweetness, and good food-friendly acidity. With summer around the corner, this is one wine you’ll want to keep in the fridge for those backyard BBQ’s.
The Crusher 2009 Chardonnay – Tree (namely apple) and tropical fruit wrapped in toasty oak tones and accented by hints of baking spice with moderate acidity. This style of Chardonnay, which lends itself to a generous amount of barrel character, would pair nicely with smoked white meats.
The Crusher 2009 Pinot Noir – Medium ruby in color, boasting black cherry and currant aromas with smoky bacon undertones and faint mocha and spice notes. On the palate this wine was fuller and less bright than expected, but good overall balance and complexity. I had Texas brisket on my mind all night after sipping this Pinot.
The Crusher 2009 Petite Sirah (97% Petite Sirah 3% Alicante Bouchet) - Judging by the steady stream of glowing tweets during the tasting of this wine, it can easily be described as “wine of the night.” This inky colored wine offers inviting blueberry pie, blackberry, and vanilla aromas with a dash of pepper and sweet baking spice. The palate is round and lush with a pleasant medium length finish. Overall a very appealing and generous wine.
The Crusher 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – Red currant and berry aromas give way to herbal and spice notes with very subtle vegetative nuances. The palate is medium-bodied with a velvety texture and a medium-length, slightly drying finish. This is a nice dinner wine to enjoy with lamb or venison dishes.
Many thanks to Mike and Don Sebastiani and Sons for the opportunity! Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned ...more to come!
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