Cruse Wine Co.

Monkey Jacket North Coast Red Blend

9.043 ratings
9.04 pro ratings
North Coast, California, USA
Red Blend
Top Notes For
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
Chris Harvey

Very approachable. Cherry and raspberry aroma. Slightly astringent palate, plum skin, lavender. Crushable for sure

Very approachable. Cherry and raspberry aroma. Slightly astringent palate, plum skin, lavender. Crushable for sure

1 person found it helpfulJun 9th, 2018
Kyle Harvey

This wine fucks

This wine fucks

Jan 29th, 2020
Jeffrey Zhao

Fresh berries, pomegranate, black currants, with hint of cacao and chalkiness on the finish. Light and easy to drink with mild tannins. Valdiguie shines through.

Fresh berries, pomegranate, black currants, with hint of cacao and chalkiness on the finish. Light and easy to drink with mild tannins. Valdiguie shines through.

Nov 28th, 2019
Michael Greene

Like a richer, darker Beaujolais.

Like a richer, darker Beaujolais.

Nov 27th, 2019
Stephen Redenbaugh

Soft, aromatic, fruit driven... a fieldblend of Valdigue and 8 other grapes. ABV of 12.5 that is eminently crushable on a warm summer eve. I can’t smell or sip without cracking a smile... the wine is fun to drink with a capital “F”. Aromas of dark cherries, brown sugar, cinammon, and baking spices.

Soft, aromatic, fruit driven... a fieldblend of Valdigue and 8 other grapes. ABV of 12.5 that is eminently crushable on a warm summer eve. I can’t smell or sip without cracking a smile... the wine is fun to drink with a capital “F”. Aromas of dark cherries, brown sugar, cinammon, and baking spices.

Jul 13th, 2019
Matt Waring

Hot damn. A Valdiguie red blend with Syrah and field blend for a bit of character. Strawberries and cherries with tartness that moves in like the marine layer. Should've bought more

Hot damn. A Valdiguie red blend with Syrah and field blend for a bit of character. Strawberries and cherries with tartness that moves in like the marine layer. Should've bought more

Jul 1st, 2019