Review: The Crusher Sugar Beet Ranch Red Wine Blend
Varietal(s): Tempranillo “driven” otherwise composition unknown
Appellation: Clarksburg AVA, California
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Price: I was given this as a sample bottle (a perk of being a liquor store manager) so I cannot remember exactly. $15-$18 best guess.
One thing that I love about this wine is the name of the ranch that the grapes were sourced from in Clarksburg, Sugar Beet Ranch, because of where I lived before, Grand Forks, ND, known for The Ralph, Sioux/UND Hockey and sugar beets. That one month out the year where the town seems to be teeming with sugar beet trucks 24/7, where I could easily find a sugar beet on the side of the road as big as Mr.Doodles, and let me tell you he tried hard to eat one, but to no avail.
For this name alone it makes a wonderful gift for a host, even if red wines aren’t their favorite!
On to the actual review of the juice inside the bottle for those that are interested more in content then in looks. No worries if you are a “label” shoppers most everyone is at one point or another.
This red blend is a gem to look at, bright ruby wine fills the glass accompanied by a nose of bright Bing cherries, strawberries, wood (touches of cedar) and some darker fruits as well. The palate comes through with all of that same bright fruits, a touch of bark/wood, a bit of light espresso, and all of this is followed by a well balanced acidity to finish. Its low tannins make it a versatile wine that many can enjoy.
If there is one thing I know, this medium-bodied wine’s driving force of Tempranillo is what makes it so approachable. To me Tempranillo is the grape that not many know but is easily likeable, so try something new and snag a bottle of The Crusher or other Tempranillo at your local wine shop.
Seriously, don’t take my word for it, the only way to learn is to practice. Get out there and ask the staff at your local wine shop for recommendations you lovely lushes. *wink
As always questions and comments below!