Cruse Wine Co.

Monkey Jacket North Coast Red Blend

9.0262 ratings
9.033 pro ratings
North Coast, California, USA
Red Blend
Game, Baking Spices, Duck, Goose, Potato, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Onion, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Mushrooms, Tomato-Based, Turkey, Veal, Hard Cheese
Top Notes For
Austin Hohnke

High toned red fruits and an energetic, minimal interventionist palate. Bright, tart, and earthy. This is tasty, it’s just lacking complexity at its price point.

High toned red fruits and an energetic, minimal interventionist palate. Bright, tart, and earthy. This is tasty, it’s just lacking complexity at its price point.

Apr 14th, 2020
Meg Herring

Notes of crushed raspberries, pomegranate seeds, and black cherries. While fruit-forward, it isn’t overly ripe or rich. There’s plenty of juicy acidity and a touch of spiciness to balance out the playful fruit flavors. As for tannins, I would say medium and soft.

Notes of crushed raspberries, pomegranate seeds, and black cherries. While fruit-forward, it isn’t overly ripe or rich. There’s plenty of juicy acidity and a touch of spiciness to balance out the playful fruit flavors. As for tannins, I would say medium and soft.

Jun 8th, 2019
Christopher Losa

Owner/Wine Director Bar Bambino

8.9

delicious quaffer.

delicious quaffer.

Aug 5th, 2017
Bobby Gilbane

Light, fun, delicious. The valdiguie is appropriately toned down with field blend and Syrah making it much more enjoyable IMO. Gulpable delight.

Light, fun, delicious. The valdiguie is appropriately toned down with field blend and Syrah making it much more enjoyable IMO. Gulpable delight.

4 people found it helpfulJun 8th, 2016
Eddie Grystar

Eddie had this 4 years ago

Eddie had this 4 years ago

2 people found it helpfulJun 13th, 2016
Shawn Paul

A juicy tart of a wine.

A juicy tart of a wine.

2 people found it helpfulJun 12th, 2016
Hai Tran

Hai had this 4 years ago

Hai had this 4 years ago

2 people found it helpfulJun 11th, 2016
Matt Austin

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

9.2

Best Monkey Jacket yet. Fresh, but structured. Too easy to drink.

Best Monkey Jacket yet. Fresh, but structured. Too easy to drink.

1 person found it helpfulJul 16th, 2019
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9.1

Michael Cruse’s 2017 Monkey Jacket, a Valdiguié/Petite Sirah/Carignan and mixed blacks blend, is dark, racy and absolutely gorgeous. Black cherry, plum, spice and leather notes race out of the glass in this pliant, super-expressive red. $25.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2019)

Michael Cruse’s 2017 Monkey Jacket, a Valdiguié/Petite Sirah/Carignan and mixed blacks blend, is dark, racy and absolutely gorgeous. Black cherry, plum, spice and leather notes race out of the glass in this pliant, super-expressive red. $25.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2019)

1 person found it helpfulJan 22nd, 2019
Christopher Losa

Owner/Wine Director Bar Bambino

8.6

plump and juicy, but not particularly dynamic.

plump and juicy, but not particularly dynamic.

1 person found it helpfulOct 24th, 2018