Visit from California – Cruse Wine Co. and Black Sheep Finds

We have to brag for a quick second! We are excited for the coming months’ Why Not Wednesday tastings! We have a stacked schedule and will be pouring some great wines. This week, Pearl Wine Company is excited to welcome back Paul Stroud. The name should sound familiar: many of you have met Paul, the owner of Craft Wines, a one-man-band distribution company on the forefront of discovering the “New California.” What do we mean? We mean Paul is the man who can get you on the ground floor with new wineries that have yet to make it to mainstream or cult status.

Case in point, Cruse Winery, 2016 winery of the year as chosen by the San Fransico Chronicle.

Cruse Wine Company

“The vineyards that I work with are almost entirely grown by farmers who are my friends, who I’ve know for a long time…” – Michael Cruse

Micheal Cruse always grew up wanting to be a scientist; he started college first by studying biochemistry at UC Berkley. It wasn’t until after college that Micheal thought about a career in wine and how the two worlds can collide. With this idea in mind, Micheal applied to UC Davis’ Masters program in enology and viticulture, and to prepare for school he got a lab job at Sutter Home. However, this experience changed Cruse immediately. He loved the idea of making a product and then being able to see right away whether you liked it or not. Cruse never made it to the classroom at UC Davis. Instead, after one year at Sutter Home, he found himself taking a job at Merryvale’s Carneros property. Michael has been able to take his knowledge of the cellar and combine it with his passion for the workings of vineyard to create wines that are clean and precise but which respect mother nature. You have to taste to believe.

Black Sheep Finds

Black Sheep Finds’ Peter Hunken got his start in winemaking in 2001 at Stolpman Vineyards where he was the assistant winemaker until 2006. He is also one of the founding members of Piedrasassi and Holus Bolus wines. After meeting Amy (now wife and partner) spitting wine over the winery drains in Lompoc in 2004, the two founded Black Sheep Finds with the arrival of the 2005 vintage. Peter is in charge of winemaking for Black Sheep Finds and Holus Bolus, and he manages and directly sells the wines in Central and Southern California. Today, Peter and his wife Amy are certainly leaders in the new Californiahelping to balance restrained hands in the winery while respecting the art of the vineyard.

The wines:

2015 Cruse Wine Company “Monkey Jacket,” California
Blend :: $26 sale $22

Bright, lifted and buoyant with a little cherry Popsicle taste and minerality mixed in. Just a touch of grippiness extends the finish, but you’ll probably have already moved on to the next glass!

2013 Black Sheep Finds “Holes Bolus,” Santa Rita Hills, California
Syrah :: $35 sale $30

No. 6 on Wine Enthusiast’s “Top 100 Wines” in 2016. Amazing aromas of chipped asphalt, smoked beef, dense boysenberry, soy, cedar and sandalwood drop into a palate of peppery berry juice, beef jerky, underripe blackberry and elderberry, with notes of pepper-crusted teriyaki beef to finish.

2013 Black Sheep Finds, Santa Rita Hills, California
Pinot Noir :: $32 sale $28

Aged for 12 months in one-year-old barrels. It’s juicy and smoky with cracked pepper and savory herb notes accompanying succulent red and black fruits.

2013 Black Sheep Finds, Santa Barbra County, California
Syrah :: $25 sale $21

Gives up classic notes of spring flowers, sappy underbrush and darker berry fruit in its medium-bodied, fresh and elegant profile. Delicious.



Beer and ice cream tasting. That’s right, beer. And ice cream. Tasting. Join us on the 14th from 4 to 7 pm. For these tastings we partner with our awesome neighbors at Sweet Cow Ice Cream to bring you something truly special!

We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4 pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl so we can CHEERS! 

Discover why 5280 Magazine Readers and Editors voted Pearl Wine Company Denver’s BEST BOTTLE SHOP. PWC takes pride in being Denver’s best wine shop–a craft liquor specialty store. Conveniently located on South Pearl Street in Denver’s Platt Park neighborhood.