Twenty plus year old Vines Sustainably & Responsibly grown and farmed
Appellation: St. Helena, Crocker Estate
Release Date: February 14, 2017
For purchase inquiries, please join our mailing list or contact us directly at 707-967-9111
Yet another star in a string of excellent vintages, the 2014 Cabernet Franc has a youthful, deep ruby color. The aromas showcase perfectly ripe and concentrated fruits, in particular black cherry, cassis, sweet black plum, boysenberry , complemented by roasted coffee, anise, violets, dark earth and fresh ground black pepper. The palate is full bodied and expresses similar boysenberry, black cherry, anise and sweet black plum notes, along with a savory character and overall balance that makes it very approachable now. It’s the structure, purity, composure and long finish of this wine, however, that insures a very bright future for the 2014 Cabernet Franc over the next twenty years. - Robert Bath, Master Sommelier
“Pam Starr always does a terrific job with Cabernet Franc...” Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
The 2014 harvest was the third consecutive exceptional vintage in the Napa Valley. Mother Nature provided a noteworthy growing season that included continued drought, a classic Indian summer and an earthquake. Heavy rains in late February and early March gave the vines a much needed drink as they awoke from their winter slumber. The vintage yielded superlative fruit, with acids and sugars developing in tandem while maintaining restricted berry size, leading to one of the largest harvests on record and of the highest quality. The 2014 harvest for Crocker & Starr happened in a short window of time and coupled with cooperative and easy fermentations, our winemaker was able to go Trick-or-Treating with Griffin.