2010 Cabernet Sauvignon “Stone Place”
Estate Old Vines Sustainably & Responsibly grown and farmed
Fall 2013 marks the celebration of our 14th vintage of Stone Place!
Appelation : St. Helena
Availability : Release Date: September, 2013
Winemaking Notes :
Vintage Notes :
This highly collectable wine is “Saint Helena” in its purest form; 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the heart and soul of the 35 year old vines grown on the legendary Crocker Estate. Huge aromas of fresh violet, dark cherry and savory purple plum linger at the rim. Explosive layers of fresh blueberry, cassis, boysenberry and graphite are the leading flavors. Supple tannins and a mouthwatering acidity transition to a full and lingering black fruit finish. The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Stone Place’ strikes a rare harmonic chord of power and elegance. Delicious to drink now, it will definitely age gracefully over the next 20 years.
Reviews & Accolades :
Juicy dark plums, chocolate, new leather and cloves are all wrapped together in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that stands out for its juicy, extroverted personality. (WA 94pts)
Harvest Notes :
“Magnificent” and ‘viscerally thrilling”…
can certainly be used to describe Napa Valley’s finest Cabernet Sauvignons of the 2010 vintage. Although the final results yielded magic in a bottle for some, the growing season posed many challenges along the way. Beginning the season with subnormal temperatures and rain at flowering, the initial crop set 20% fewer berries. Ups and downs throughout summer helped establish thick skins which softened during the typical “Indian” summer finish to the season. The best wines of 2010 are vibrant in color, elegant in texture and loaded with character. We’re absolutely thrilled that you are among the first to acquire our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Stone Place’.
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation : St. Helena & Oak Knoll
Availability : Release Date, April 5th
Winemaking Notes : The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc might be our favorite version of this wine to date! Beautiful aromas of white peach, Meyer lemon, guava and citrus blossoms explode from the glass. A great balance of fresh acidity and creamy texture highlight the juicy ripe nectarine and key lime sorbet flavors that go on and on and on! All the result of Pam’s unparalleled approach to capturing the pure ripe juice of Napa Sauvignon Blanc!
Share this Sauvignon Blanc with your red wine drinking friends, guaranteed to make them white wine fans!
Vintage Notes : “Classic” and “perfect” are just two accolades being bestowed upon the 2012 Napa Valley growing season and harvest. Textbook conditions saw near ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool, often foggy nights during the long summer months. Late and light rains held off until Napa Valley’s treasured wine grapes found optimal ripeness, bringing exceptional quality to the crush pad and into the cellar.
The abundance of perfectly ripe grapes–with a smooth balance of acids and sugars–provided a broad sweep of opportunities for winemakers to cull only the most select fruit. The vineyards of Napa Valley are intentionally farmed at lower yields bringing only the very best grapes to harvest.
This vintage, while as much as thirty percent higher than the previous two vintages smaller crops, is on par with near-normal yields.
2010 Cabernet Franc
Teenage Vines Sustainably & Responsibly grown and farmed
This small yet powerful vintage flows into the glass like blue black ink. Breathe in the classic Cab Franc characteristics of warm spice, dark fruit, cola, & cigar box. This beautifully balanced and complex wine leaves a mouthwatering array of baker’s chocolate, blueberries, spice, & minerality on your palate.
Appellation : St. Helena
Production : 238 cases produced & bottled
Availability : Sold out, next release Winter 2014
Winemaking Notes : The core of this wine is the original old vine clone planted at the estate and layered with clone 332 and 214. Small lot fermentations and cold soak pre fermentation, with some of these very small tank lots enjoying extended maceration. Nineteen months in 70% new French oak led to the final blend of 93% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot.
Vintage Notes : Vintage 2010 welcomed the return of rainfall and the end to three dry years. The summer brought cooler than normal temperatures, where constant vigilance and rigorous canopy management averted mildew and pest problems. Rains during flowering were the first hit to the crop size. Heat spikes in Napa Valley in early September were the second hit. Clusters only two weeks away from ripening shriveled under the sustained 100+ degree days. Once the vines and their extremely modest crop survived the heat, the balance of fall was mild and wonderful. Thus clusters of intense color and fully ripe flavors were hand-picked and gently transported to fermenters allowing for good concentration of flavors across all varietals. Yields were low. Very low.
Reviews & Accolades :
“Layered, expressive and quite pretty, Crocker & Starr’s 2010 Cabernet
Franc is firing on all cylinders today.” Antonio Galloni-Wine Advocate
“Pam Starr always does a terrific job with Cabernet Franc…” Robert Parker – Wine Advocate
Download 2010 Cab Franc Tasting Notes pdf