We are delighted to share the reviews from Antonio Galloni in the December issue of the Wine Advocate.
“The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon emerges from the glass with dark plums, cherries, tobacco, flowers and mint. It shows lovely textural depth and sweetness through to the enveloping, layered finish. The 2008 was aged in 85% new oak barrels. Based on this tasting, a little less new oak might allow more varietal complexity and nuance to come through. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023. 91 points.
The 2009 Cabernet Franc emerges from the glass with pure varietal warmth and expressive generosity. Mocha, espresso, exotic spices and dark red berries flow effortlessly to the long, rich finish. Today the tannins are a bit firm but with another year in bottle this will drink beautifully. In 2009 the percentage of Cabernet Franc is up to 97%. A small addition of 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot rounds out the blend. The 2009 was aged in 70% new oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. 92 points.
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful wine. Floral notes are woven nicely throughout a core of explosive dark red fruit. Mint, spices and sweet tobacco wrap around the silky, floral-infused finish. The 2009 needs time to absorb its oak, but it appears to have enough density for that to happen. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. 94 points.”
Join Pam Starr as she pours our newly released 2008 Crocker & Star Cabernet Sauvignon “Stone Place.”
Friday, October 14th, 5:00-7:00PM
$40 per person including light appetizers.
Call 707-963-1313 to reserve in advance. Tickets available at the door, first come, first served.
St. Helena Wine Center
123 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574
A wonderful new book about Napa Valley wine tourism has just been published. Written by George Gmelch and Sharon Bohn Gmelch, Tasting The Good Life explores Napa Valley tourism - its history, future, and impact on the local population. Told through the stories of visitors and those who provide the services they rely on, from masseurs to hot air balloonists, to chefs and winemakers, including Pam Starr, the book provides extraordinary insights on tourism in the Napa Valley.