Nineteen year old Vines Sustainably & Responsibly grown and farmed
Appellation: St. Helena
Availability: Release Date, February, 2014
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A vibrant colored wine with a deep garnet center; Aromas of fresh huckleberry, black olive and dried blueberry are accented with heady floral notes of crushed violets, purple iris and dried black tea leaves. On the palate, fresh black raspberry and plum seamlessly integrate with exotic spice, dried chipotle chili, dried savory herbs, fresh red tobacco, cocoa dust, hints of sandalwood, peppercorn and mocha; A silky textured mouth feel lifts elegantly into a long, lingering and pleasant finish.
The 2011 growing season can perhaps best be described as a true winemaker’s vintage. Countless untold stories of the trials and tribulation of what it took to achieve great wine in the coldest, wettest growing season in 30 years are quite possibly buried between the vines and rows. Today’s story of triumph is kept within each bottled wine. Noteworthy conditions of the 2011 growing season included: Thirty percent higher rainfall, a cool rainy spring, subnormal temperatures all summer long and the rainiest harvest in our memory. Our vineyard team rose to the challenge of hand picking and sorting individual clusters. With the efforts of our viticulturist Pete Richmond and our super star vineyard team, the Crocker & Starr harvest was picked in two days in what typically takes three weeks. In spite of all these challenges, we were extremely pleased with the quality of fruit harvested in 2011. The bottled result follows suit in a long and proud tradition of outstanding Cabernet Franc.