Cruse Monkey Jacket North Coast Red Blend 2018
Michael Cruse launched Cruse Wine Co in 2013 focusing on "unabashedly Californian" wines that were also fresh and pleasurable, but serious at the same time. He prefers to use off-beat grape varieties, many of which are featured here. Mostly Valdiguie, long called “Napa Gamay,” with equal parts Carignan & Syrah, plus touches of Petit Sirah, Pinot Noir, & St. Laurent, Monkey Jacket is perfumed and floral with raspberry,cherry and marionberry fruit, bright acidity and ultra smooth, round tannins. Pair with salmon salad or one of “Cheese Wonder” Katie’s cheese and charcuterie boards.