Crux Winery

2018 Grenache Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA

35 in stock


35 in stock

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96% Grenache, 2% Syrah, 2% Mourvédre

123 cases
Campbell McKinney Vineyard, Force 5 (Estate), Crazy Run (Estate), Mounts Vineyard
Winemaker Notes

We sourced Grenache for this beautiful wine from the Campbell McKinney Vineyard in the extreme north end of the Russian River Valley AVA along with our estate vineyard, Force Five, outside of Windsor. We add small amounts of Syrah and Mourvédre for weight and spice to go with the fresh and lively Grenache flavors. It was aged in neutral cooperage to preserve its natural flavors with minimal handling from harvest to bottle.

~Brian and Steve

Tasting Events

Vintners Brian Callahan and Steve Gower join us for SIP Virtual Wine Tasting & Education to discuss the difference between native and cultured yeasts in winemaking.


As grape growers and winemakers, Owners Brian Callahan and Steven Gower approach farming in a sustainable and earth friendly manner. In addition to their own fruit, they also source from select vineyard sites owned by growers with a similar philosophy who have likewise embraced environmental practices in vineyard management. While using California fruit, Brian and Steven apply Old World winemaking techniques. They are destemming the fruit instead of crushing it and they do natural, extended fermentations using open top fermenters punched down several times a day. Crux also ages their wine in bottle for an extra year, so when you open it you’ll find a wine that is ready to drink and one that shows off the unique characteristic of each varietal.

About the Winery
Crux Winery
What started as two neighbors with a serious passion for wine has since turned into an impressive small production portfolio of Rhone-inspired wines. Winemakers/Owners Brian Callahan and Steven Gower initially planted their own vineyards, situated above the fogline, in the northern part of the Russian River Valley. They wanted to make wine with the less commonly found Rhone varietals – Grenache, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache Blanc and Viognier – which thrive in the warmer, northern part of the AVA. In close proximity to both Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley, their vines sit at the crossroads, or transitional zone, of the AVAs which inspired the name, “Crux”.
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