The Crusher Viognier
The Crusher Wines are a testament to an enduring partnership between the Wilsons, a respected grape-growing family with deep roots in Clarksburg, California and the winemaking tradition of the Sebastiani family.
Fittingly named for the point in the winemaking process where the fruit of one family’s labours 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.
Much like Napa Valley just 20 miles to the West, considerable temperature fluctuations between cool nights and hot days make Clarksburg perfectly suited for growing premium wine grapes. Despite this, land remains more affordable and wines from the Clarksburg appellation are quickly gaining a reputation for outstanding quality and value.
A full bodied wine with rich, ripe and rounded fruit. There is an immediate impact from the aromas of pear, green apple and honeysuckle. On the palate there are apricot, orange zest and sweet pineapple with a hint of toasted coconut. The finish is big and impressive.
About the Producer
The Wilson family has been farming the fertile land in Clarksburg for over three generations. Nestled among the Sacramento Delta waterways just east of the San Francisco Bay Area, the fertile Clarksburg AVA extends into three counties. Most of its wine-growing areas are contained within Yolo and Sacramento counties, with a small southern portion in Solano County.
The climate in Clarksburg features warm days tempered by cool coastal winds and fog which moves inland from San Francisco Bay. The terrain is mostly flat with mineral-rich alluvial, clay and silt soils. These soils suit a limited number of the noble wine-grape varieties, most of which are fussy, requiring free-draining soils and reliable warmth. The over-fertile, poor draining soils found across Clarksburg are more suited to high yields than high-quality, refined wine styles.