Cruse Wine Company Valdiguié Nouveau


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Vintage: 2020
Region: Napa Valley, California, United States
Viticulture: Organic
Varieties: 100% Valdiguié

Cruse Wine Company Valdiguié Nouveau is a fully formed wine, despite its exceptional youth. Crushed raspberries, roses, wet earth dominate.

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About Cruse Wine Company Valdiguié Nouveau

Cruse Wine Company Valdiguié Nouveau is a fully formed wine, despite its exceptional youth. Crushed raspberries, roses, wet earth dominate.

About Michael Cruse, the Winemaker

Michael Cruse was born and raised in Northern California. He prides himself on producing wines that are unabashedly Californian and delicious. Michael came to the wine business through his love of science. His moment of enlightenment was attending a lecture by Terry Leighton of Kalin Cellars! Michael envisioned a path where his science knowledge and appreciation could take him into the world of wine.

This path led Michael to several positions to learn the basics. He started with stints in the cellars of the Sutter Home winery. Eventually, he moved on to Merryvale in Carneros. Here he would work his way up to becoming the assistant winemaker. After several years of working for others, Michael felt the pull to strike out on his own. He wanted to create wines that reflected his vision and admiration for California. Michael set forth with a few partners to set up shop in an industrial warehouse in Petaluma. He built a custom crush facility and launched Ultramarine. Ultramarine is his Champagne-inspired sparkling wine project.

About Cruse Wine Company

Michael followed-up Ultramarine with the creation of Cruse Wine Co. in 2013. Cruse Wine Co. Thi was an opportunity for Michael to showcase fruit-driven and satisfying wines that were fresh and pleasurable. The roots of the North Coast run deep with Michael. He chose to focus on sites within Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Contra Costa Counties. The one thing he didn’t want to do was to create another Pinot Noir or Cabernet. Instead, he found inspiration in varieties such as Valdiguie, Tannant, Carignan, and St Laurent.

The flagship wine of Cruse Wine Co. is the red blend Monkey Jacket (the name inspired by an old, British sailor song). This wine is the epitome of what Cruse Wine Co. It’s a blend of Validiguie, Carignan, Tannat, St Laurent. The mixed field blend provides incredible drinkability with brightness and ample structure. In addition to Monkey Jacket, Michael also makes small lots of single-vineyard varietal wines.

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