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Appellation: St. Helena
Availability: Release Date - September 22, 2014
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This highly collectable wine is “St. Helena” in its purest form; 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot from the heart and soul of the 36 year old vines grown on the legendary Crocker Estate. Deep garnet in color with a bright ruby red edge. Floral aromas of fresh violets and dried red rose petals. Complex notes of cedar, baking spice, star anise, mocha, toasted almond and graphite. Fresh black plum on the palate with wild blueberry, ripe dark cherry, huckleberry and black raspberry. The texture of this 2011 is supple and silky with mouthwatering acidity and a long, luscious finish. Approachable and will age for 15+ years.
'Pam Starr knocked this vintage out of the park! Starr was able to showcase a very elegant expression of 2011 by striking the precise balance of fruit concentration and wine structure. A very pretty wine indeed.' - Sur Lucero, Master Sommelier
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 bottle of 'Stone Place'. 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 Sauvignon from the Crocker Estate.