The Crusher Unoaked Chardonnay 2020
The Crusher 2020 Unoaked Chardonnay bursts with tropical pineapple, fresh lemon, ripe stone fruit, and vanilla custard notes. No oak influence is needed to add structure to this wine – we let the grapes do all the work naturally! This wine has a rich palate with an excellent balance of juicy fruit flavors, rich texture, and bright acidity, making it fresh and easy to enjoy with a wide range of foods or on its own.
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With the addition of 5% Viognier, this becomes a floral-natured beauty. Aromas of Golden Delicious apple and lemon sorbet lead to white petals before flavors of justsqueezed lime and near-ripe pineapple unfold in a flash. Lively, with vibrant acidity and a finish of vanilla pudding.
The Crusher Wines are a testament to an enduring partnership between the winemaking tradition of the Sebastiani family and the Wilsons, a respected grape-growing family with deep roots in Clarksburg, California. Fittingly named for the point in the winemaking process where the fruit of one family’s labors literally gives way to those of the other, The Crusher wines highlight the vibrancy and beauty of the fruit produced in the up-and-coming Clarksburg appellation.
California’s most praised white wine, Chardonnay is also the state’s most planted white grape variety. Diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles.
Chardonnay planted in the cooler, coastal zones takes on bright characteristics like lemon zest, key lime, green apple and wet flint. For this style, look to the chilly Sonoma Coast, Carneros, Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Lucia Highlands and Edna Valley.
The inland zones of California’s coast, such as the Russian River, Sonoma, Napa and Livermore Valleys maintain a more Goldilocks-esque climate where both styles go. Early picking retains acidity and creates a leaner style but leaving the grapes to hang creates an approachable Chardonnay, balancing richness and finesse.
Chardonnay also plays a major part in the sparkling wine production of the Anderson Valley and Carneros.