RECOMMENDED: The Crusher, 2011 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Merwin Vineyard, Clarksburg (Napa). 13.6% ABV. $10.99.

Winemakers seem to be having a lot of fun these days when it comes to naming their wines. Plungerhead, Pinot Evil, and Horse’s Ass are a few that come to mind.

Fortunately, The Crusher’s name has nothing to do with WWE, nor with a really awful rap group. It’s a tribute to the happy relationship between the grower and winemaker who share the journey from the vineyard to the crusher. (Yep, “crusher” is a technical term.) Most of The Crusher’s labels bear the name of the wine-growing family—in this case, Merwin.

Take your time with this one. Swish and chew and savor the deliciousness, because this smooth rosé is dangerously drinkable.

Beautiful, clear; light pink, clear edges.

A light aroma—pretty, identical to the rich mouthful that follows.

Mouth-filling and silky. Candy circus peanuts! Cherry, strawberry, apricot. Baking spices. Tart acidity but beautifully balanced with a smooth, medium-bodied texture and presence.

Long finish.

Cork closure.

I would not have guessed this was a Pinot Noir. A subtle undercurrent was there, but this was a relatively fruity and refreshing expression of it.

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2 Responses to RECOMMENDED: The Crusher, 2011 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Merwin Vineyard, Clarksburg (Napa). 13.6% ABV. $10.99.

  1. Jon Rogers says:

    I recently tried their 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and was very impressed. Not suprised to see the Rose of Pinot Noir recommended as well. Nice review.

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