Cruse Wine Co. Sparkling Wines
notes from the distributor:
Michael Cruse was born and raised in Northern California and prides himself on producing wines that are unabashedly Californian and inherently delicious. Michael came to the wine business through his love of science. His moment of enlightenment was attending a lecture at Cal Berkeley by none other than Terry Leighton of Kalin Cellars! Michael was able to envision a path where his deep knowledge and appreciation for science could take him into the world of wine.
This path led Michael to several positions in order to really learn the basics, including stints in the cellars of Sutter Home winery before to eventually moving on to Merryvale in Carneros where 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 and 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 where he built a custom crush facility and launched his Champagne inspired sparkling wine project, Ultramarine, in 2008.
Michael followed-up Ultramarine with the creation of Cruse Wine Co. in 2013. Cruse Wine Co. was an opportunity for Michael to showcase fruit driven and satisfying wines that were fresh and pleasurable, but still remained serious at the same time. Again, being unabashedly Californian. The roots of the North Coast run deep with Michael, so he chose to focus on sites within Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Contra Costa Counties to create these special wines. 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. is meant to be, as it’s a blend of Validiguie, Carignan, Tanant, St Laurent and mixed field blend reds and provides incredible drinkability with brightness and ample structure. In addition to Monkey Jacket, Michael also makes small lots of single vineyard varietal wines from Valdiguie, Tannant, Syrah, Carignan and Chardonnay.
Michael also wanted to bring a sparkling component to Cruse Wine Co. that didn’t compete with his Ultramarine project. Michael is a believer that sparkling and petillant natural wines are the true lens into the vineyard and its place. The Cruse Tradition Sparkling wine is made in the same traditional ways as Ultramarine, but sourced from interesting sites that don’t necessarily match the coastal vineyards of Ultramarine. The petillant natural wines are a beautiful departure from what many associate, or expect, from this style of wine. Crafted from single vineyard plantings of Valdiguie and St Laurent, the pet-nat’s are produced from grape juice only with nothing else added. They have a higher carbonation than most, typically around 6 bars of pressure, and with 6 grams or below of residual sugar. Finished alcohols are in the 11.0-11.5 range. The wines are also disgorged, so they are bright, clean and show great purity.
2020 Ricci Sparkling St. LaurentThis Austrian variety has been grown by Dale Ricci, a long time family friend and born to one of the original Carneros dairy families going back about over a hundred years. The cool San Pablo Bay slows the ripening and preserves the freshness of this variety that often behaves like a teenage Pinot Noir -- lively and exuberant.
2020 was an excellent vintage for this wine. It is creamy and fruity on the nose, with more color than in previous years, that adds to the breadth and interest of the wine. There are plenty of ripe peach and banana cream tart notes on the nose with a soft mousse, and a creamy, easy drinking, very slightly off dry finish.
2020 Sparkling Deming ValdiguiéA sparkling wine from 60 year old dry farmed, organic vines just south of the city of Calistoga. A hidden gem of a vineyard.
The palest of pinks in the glass, with a slight haze. On the nose, rose, watermelon, and fennel. An extremely tight mousse carries a savory, chalky finish.
If you doubt the seriousness of PetNats, try this!
Delivery is free within the Columbus, Ohio metro area with a minumum order of $75. We do deliveries TUESDAYS & SATURDAYS, and will contact you via text message the day of your delivery to arrange drop-off. ID showing age 21 or older will be checked at time of delivery.
IN-STORE PICK-UP INFO
Same-day curbside pick-up is available every day that we are open. Order at least 2 hours before closing time to ensure same-day pick-up. If you would like to order curbside closer to closing time, please do so by phone.