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Our 2011 Coastal Crush Red comes from cool-climate Central Coast
grapes and has been blended primarily from Syrah, Merlot, and Malbec.
The wine is fresh and light with a smooth texture. It features a juicy blend
of ripe strawberry and red raspberry fruit with a hint of chocolate. From
steak to turkey to salads, Central Coast Crush pairs well with a wide
range of foods throughout the year.
Once again, the Central Coast was a climatic roller coaster. What was predicted
to be a cold, dry La Niña year turned into a very wet year. The rain began at
the end of the 2010 harvest and continued through mid-January. It was very
dry in January and February, followed by a solid six weeks of rain and snow
with below-average temperatures. Summer arrived with 18 days of above-
average temperatures, but the pattern of cold and wet ruled the season. 2011
was on par with 2010 as the coolest growing year on record. Overall a very
cool, long growing season with ripe flavors, textures at lower Brix levels, and
lower alcohol levels than a normal year.
Monterey County (57%) and San Benito County (20%) were the primary
sourcing areas for the 2011 Coastal Crush Red, with smaller amounts
contributed by Paso Robles and Valley South. The grapes were harvested
at night to preserve ideal acidity and sugar levels. Coastal Crush Red is
Central Coast appellated and offers the purity, fruit, and brightness that
wines from this region are known for.
After we gently crushed and destemmed the fruit, we fermented the
must (juice and skins) in temperature-controlled tanks at 85°F until dry.
Following fermentation, we kept the wine on the skins an additional 12
days to soften tannins and develop more complex flavors. One hundred
percent of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation to enhance
roundness and depth, aging 10 months in American and French oak to
add a subtle toasty tone.
67% Syrah, 24% Merlot, 9% Malbec
57% Monterey County, 20% San
Benito County, 13% Paso Robles,
10% Valley South