Sonoma County region
Bringing their wine passion to a place where everyone can enjoy their product
The story behind Crux Winery started in 2005 when Brian Callahan bought some property in the prestigious Russian River Valley growing area. His next door neighbor was Steve Gower and the pair soon became fast friends. Not only were they both involved in different aspects of the health care industry, but they soon learned they shared mutual interests: wine, winemaking, and the pursuit of the noble grape. It seemed like a no-brainer that they would start making wine together.
Steve Gower’s garage became the winery and several years were spent in making wine for their consumption and any friends who were willing to try it.
Fast forwarding to 2012, Callahan and Gower decided it was time to take the next step. The friends owned some two and a half acres between them and they began experimenting with Rhône varietals, which responded very well in the Russian River Valley. While they didn’t have any formal wine training (no wine courses and no apprentice work in existing wineries), they were quick hands-on learners and also relied heavily on the Internet and the neighboring grape community for help starting out. They also found a more permanent home for Crux Winery - a modest warehouse space at the end of a narrow country road. The tasting room is just a corner of the said warehouse, surrounded by barrels and equipment.
Since its first commercial wines release in 2014, the saga of Crux Winery has continued to unfold. Rather than pursue the expected Pinot Noir course (for which the Russian River Valley is best known), Callahan and Gower made the unique decision to produce an array of Rhône varietals that include Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Grenache. That decision has proven to be the most fortuitous and the brand has soared in both popularity and acceptance.
Another decision was made to purchase all fruit from small, family owned and operated growers. Callahan and Gower feel that the fruit is better controlled by small growers and it is more consistent year to year.
The name ‘Crux Winery,’ by the way, points to a crossroads of sorts where several of the Russian River AVA’s meet - a point quite close to Crux Winery’s own vineyards around the town of Windsor. The compass-style label accents the concept and is one of the classiest labels around.
Kudos to this rising star Russian River Valley winery and to Brian Callahan and Steve Gower for following their wine passion and delivering a unique product to the region.
We're excited to share this wonderful Red Blend with our Garagiste Wine Club members!
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Dear Platinum Wine Club Members,
We are pleased to introduce Crux Winery and share our 2013 Syrah with you. Crux, established in 2012 is a two-man farming and winery operation in the northern Russian River Valley. Our focus is Rhône varietals. We make about 1,000 cases (total production) using Old World techniques and exquisite Sonoma County fruit.
This Syrah is approaching three years in bottle; it’s drinking beautifully now and will continue to age gracefully for at least another 5+ years. Pop the cork a few hours before serving or give it a quick decant. The nose is plush with dark red fruits and earth, and both carry over to the palate. The acid and tannins balance with the moderate alcohol (14.1%) and the finish is smooth and lingering. This wine drinks well on its own and is an excellent pairing for duck, lamb, and anything with mushrooms.
We hope you enjoy the wine and we would love to hear from you. If you are ever in Russian River Valley, we invite you to visit us and taste through our whole portfolio of wines including Grenache Blanc, Viognier, GSM Rosé, GSM Red, Grenache, and Petite Sirah.
Cheers to you,
Proprietor, General Manager