Partnership is at the heart of our The Crusher wines: a partnership between the Sebastiani family of Sonoma and the Wilson family grapegrowers of Clarksburg, CA. The Crusher wines are likewise a tribute to the collaborative partnership between red winemaker, Greg Kitchens, and white winemaker, Gloria Mercado-Martin, who bring together their passion for crafting wines that highlight the premium fruit from this up-and-coming appellation.
The Crusher red wines are led by a multi-award winning Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon, and rounded out with uniquely Clarksburg expressions of Pinot Noir and Merlot. Named in tribute to the agricultural heritage of the region, Sugar Beet Ranch, an intriguing Tempranillo-driven red wine blend was added to the portfolio in August of 2012. The Crusher’s white wine offerings include a Chardonnay and Viognier.
All of The Crusher wines are produced solely from fruit sourced in the Clarksburg appellation, true terroir-driven efforts that exhibit an authentic sense of place. In crafting these wines our winemakers take a less-is-more approach. In addition to sourcing most of the fruit from the Wilson family’s extensive Clarksburg estates, Gloria and Greg have begun using “resident” yeast strains from the Wilson property. These indigenous yeast populations—that naturally develop in every vineyard—result in more nuanced wines that represent the purest expression of the area’s terroir.