"Rock Smash" GSM Blend, 2018

Produced by Cruess

The name of this blend was coined by the youngest son of the Beckman family after the boulders heaped around June Mountain Vineyard. Equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, this wine has great intensity without being overly stemmy or green.

Icons/location pin Fountaingrove District, Sonoma, California
Icons/wine/red GSM Blend
Icons/star Rare wine (144 cases produced)
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The details

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Structure
  • Tannin
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Sweetness
  • Funkiness
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Food Pairing

Bacon, Meats, Grilled Vegetables

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Tasting Notes

Raspberry, Blackberry, Baking Spices

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Interesting Winemaking Technique

Each varietal was fermented separately using native yeasts (50% whole-cluster) and racked and blended in the winter of 2019.

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A Place In History

Cruess wanted to make the Rock Smash Red in 2017 but the Tubbs fire ripped through the area. Luckily, the vineyards were back on track by 2018 and they were able to harvest the perfect grapes for this wine.

Sonoma, California

Cruess

Cruess is a small production, boutique winery located in Sonoma County. They work with top wine-growers and craft beautiful wines using minimal winemaking practices.

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Nerdy Details

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What's in the bottle
Mourvèdre (33%)
Grenache (33%)
Syrah (33%)
ABV: 13.7%
Acidity: ph of 3.6 acidity of 5.7 g/l
Harvest
Mourvèdre from June Mountain Vineyard, Fountaingrove District (33%). Harvested on 2018-10-18 .
Grenache from June Mountain Vineyard, Fountaingrove District (33%). Harvested on 2018-09-12 .
Syrah from June Mountain Vineyard, Fountaingrove District (33%). Harvested on 2018-10-18 .
Press: 50% Whole-Cluster Press on the Syrah and Mourvedre
Winemaking
Fermentation: Native Yeast, Varietals Fermented Separately
Clarification: Racking
Aging
This wine was aged in neutral oak barrels for 9 months
Bottled on: 2019-07-19

Recommendations

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Tristan | Que Sera, Syrah Tastemaker

"A wonderful GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) blend that I loved but unfortunately I don't have much else to say. Once this 90s kid heard "Rock Smash" came from Pokémon after Anthony & Alissa's son saw the vineyard, I just sat back and enjoyed it. Like my nostalgia, this wine tasted timeless."

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