Casali Malbec Series

Crocker & Starr has one substantial problem with this wine: We don’t make enough of it…

Appellation: Saint Helena, Crocker Estate
Release Date: April, 2017

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2014 Vintage Notes

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.

Tasting Notes

Malbec 92%, Cabernet Sauvignon 4%, Petit Verdot 4%

Appellation:  St. Helena, Crocker Estate, Sustainably Farmed
Winemaking: Small lot fermentations and 17 months in French oak (55% new)
Harvest Dates:  September 17th and 24th, October 1st and 3rd 2014
Bottled: August 2016
Case Production: 553 Cases
$80

We are blown away by what Pam Starr has accomplished with ‘The Casali’ 7th Edition!  The dark inky color with a ruby purple rim clings to the glass and draws you in. Big aromas of ripe berries and plum, Madagascar vanilla, cigar box, and exotic spices greet you on first approach. Sweet tobacco, dark berry compote, ripe plum, and hints of cured meat create a beautiful savory palate.  Substantial and silky tannins through the mid-palate build with each subsequent taste while still maintaining finesse. A beautiful and smoky finish blends dark chocolate and espresso with the faintest touch of oak that lingers with you long after the last sip. Seamless transition from the first moment the wine hits your lips through the finish and beyond. Drink now with decanting, cellar worthy for 10-20 years!