The Crusher Petite Sirah 2012
Petite Sirah from California
The characteristic Clarksburg Petite Sirah varietal that compromises the majority of this wine displays dark aromas of wild blueberry, black licorice and purple plum. 80% of the wine was aged on French oak promoting notes of caramelized vanilla bean. The remainder of the oak is Hungarian, which enhances characteristic notes of gaminess such as mushroom and tobacco leaf. This deeply expressive wine fills the palate with flavors of blackberry jam and dried cherry, mingling effortlessly with cinnamon bark and molasses. The mouth-coating tannins add structure and complexity to this full-bodied Petite Sirah, while the 6% Pinot Noir adds a layer of plush, round and supple flavors. This wine pairs nicely with olive tapenade on grilled bread, rack of lamb marinated with aromatic herbs or even dark chocolate lava cake.
Tasting Panel - "On the nose: grilled meat, chocolate and blue fruit. But the first sip is an indulgence of tannic blackness with hints of violets and blueberries...which seem to be sepping through that tannic wall in a gritty fashion."
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "This is everyone's red wine. Whether you are from the Old or New World, it does not matter, the generously flavored 2012 The Crusher Petite Sirah aims to please. Ripe and grapey in the nose and on the palate, the wine wraps around the palate with excellent staying power. I hear a bowl of savory beef stew calling me. (Tasted: April 7, 2015, San Francisco, CA)"
The Crusher Winery
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. View all The Crusher Wines
About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few. Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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11 ratings, 6 with reviewsladyveronica - New Orleans, LA32/24/2015Brittany Dust - San Francisco, CA58/27/2014
This is my new favorite everyday Petite Sirah. Fuller than most in a similar price range with large amount of deeper fruit flavors and notes of pepper. Beef Jerky notes kept popping in my head as I poured another glass. Thanks Wilfred for turning me on to this!Wilfred Wong (of Wine.com) - San Francisco, CA47/7/2014
- Earth & Spicy
This one is pretty impressive. Not a powerful petite sirah, but one with lots of pretty fruit in the nose and on the palate; a crowd-pleaser for sure, the 2012 The Crusher Petite Sirah stays rich and grapey on the palate. This is a great way to get folks into this underrated varietal.MICHAEL HENNESY - Mount Juliet, TN42/12/2015pallen - Parker, CO41/24/2015Twolabs - Paris, TX41/1/2015H S B - Frostburg, MD411/7/2014Unlike most bottles in its price range, this one caught my attention. Very nice. Just ordered six more.Cam Fortin - San Francisco, CA510/27/2014My new go to house red. Full bodied, great flavor profile and cheap to boot!Jodi Ursu - Marathon, FL48/21/2014
- Smooth & Supple
- Pair With
- savory short ribs
Dark berry and cream nose, fruit intense first notes with concentrated dried fruits then caramel creaminess with brown sugary/maple undertones. I have fudgey brownies fresh baked earlier today and will be saving some of this to go with them later for dessert.xramx - Winchester, MA48/14/2014Distinct, enjoyable taste37/31/2014
- Fruity & Smooth
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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