Twenty plus year old Vines Sustainably & Responsibly grown and farmed
Appellation: St. Helena, Crocker Estate
Release Date: February 11, 2019
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The 2016 Cabernet Franc has a youthful, deep ruby color with purple undertones. The aromas showcase a vibrant, yet deep wine with a beautiful array of crushed dried violets, black raspberry, cardamom, and sweet toasted oak. Enticing baking spices are intricately laced with the prevalent characters of wild blueberries, tobacco, and Madagascar vanilla bean. The beautifully supple and ample tannins perfectly balance the ripe fruit Cabernet Franc characters this estate is known for, and give way to an everlasting finish. Decant in its youth to bring the layers forward. Cellar 15+ years.
“Pam Starr always does a terrific job with Cabernet Franc...” Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
The near-perfect 2016 growing season started early at Crocker & Starr and saw ideal weather conditions throughout and resulted in another early harvest. 2016 is the last of the 4 years of drought and we were grateful for the post-harvest rainstorm on October 14. Thanks to a relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, the Crocker Estate Vineyard was able to progress to perfect ripeness. Of significance, 2016 is the first vintage housed in our new estate winery! Harvest ended early October and though our yields were low, the grapes were perfectly ripe yielding stellar estate wines.