Monkey Jacket Red blend 2018
Cruse Wine Company
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Country United States
Appellation North Coast
Wine Type Red - Still
Varietals Composed of 51% Valdiguié, the remainder coming from Carignan, Syrah, and a red field blend from the North Coast of California. Specifically: 51% Valdiguié, 18% Mixed Reds, 13% Carignan, 10% Syrah, 8% Pinot Noir & St. Laurent
Vineyard 100% North Coast (46% Mendocino, 31% Suisun, 13% Sonoma, 7% Napa, and 3% Sierra Foothills). The 2018 Monkey Jacket is 51% Valdiguié from vineyards carefully selected and located in Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Suisun counties. The synergy of these diverse terroirs showcase the beauty of Northern California, while still remaining accessible.
Viticulture All vineyard work is done by hand. Yields are small and only sustainable methods are used.
Vinification 20% whole cluster, 7 day skin maceration, concrete fermentation, neutral oak élevage. Fruit was destemmed into an open concrete tank. Fermentation occurred spontaneously with manual punchdowns. After 7 days on skins, the wine was lightly pressed and moved to older French oak barrels and a few puncheons. Malolactic occurred naturally with the wine receiving a light sulfur addition immediately before bottling. Bottled without fining or filtration.
Notes "Raspberry tart, sweet summer flowers, bramble, and the slightest hint of grilled meats and cherry pie. Bright, crunchy acidity, refreshing finish with just a bit of simple tannins that cleanse. If a red wine can be thirst quenching then this is it." - Michael Cruse
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