The 2015 RLC immediately smells like cherry pie, vanilla, pomegranates, anise and toasted almonds. The supple tannin structure, black red cherry fruit, savory sandalwood and long-lasting finish makes this a great wine to drink right now, though it can easily age in the cellar for a decade or more.
Named for the variations of rock, loam, and clay soils found throughout the St. Helena-based Crocker Estate Vineyard, RLC is the embodiment of Crocker & Starr as a concept. Winemaker and co-owner Pam Starr had the idea for RLC when she realized that the blocks of vines that made up the periphery of the vineyard were too unique to play a mere supporting role in their appellation blends. RLC is the third distinctive estate Cabernet Sauvignon from the Crocker Estate. The rock, loam, and clay composition in these vine blocks (surrounding our historic Block 3), grow grapes that are generous and juicy which in turn yield a plush and classic Cabernet Sauvignon wine.
Made using the similar techniques as Crocker & Starr’s Estate flagship Cabernet bottlings, RLC is a study in unique terroir. Fans familiar with Stone Place’s signature dark, brooding palate will enjoy RLC’s supple tannic structure, red cherry fruit, and lasting finish. RLC is a Cabernet to enjoy over the next few years while waiting for Stone Place to mature in the cellar.
The RLC label was designed by celebrated Napa-based designer, Jim Cross, and reflects an artist’s modern interpretation of a 16th century woodblock print of a grapevine.