About the Wine
Mouthwatering, drink-soon red blend from the northern climes of California, made predominantly of Valdiguie. What's that I hear? It used to be known, wrongly, as Napa Gamay, but it does show many of the crunchy, red berry, floral, graphitey characters as good fresh Beaujolais.
Carignan, Syrah and Pinot are also in the blend, which includes about 20% whole bunch. Coming in at just 12.5% alcohol, it is the antithesis of most blocky, unctuous Californian reds.
A monkey jacket was the historic jacket worn by sailors and organ grinders (with their pet monkeys).
About Cruse Wine Co
Michael Cruse, a native of North California, launched Cruse Wine Co in 2013, after success with his cult sparkling wine Ultramarine. He is still rightly renowned for making great sparklings under the Cruse label but his interest shifted to include rare and wonderful alternative varities such as Valdiguie, Tannat, Carignan and St Laurent.
The Monkey Jacket is his signature wine, despite its modest price!