Crocker & Starr Cabernet Sauvignon Stone Place 2003
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
The Wine Advocate - "This is a beautiful wine made from 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot by veteran winemaker Pam Starr, who previously worked at Sonoma-Cutrer, Carmenet, and Spottswoode. Most of this cuvee comes from the Crocker Vineyard, which dates back to 1870. Notes of charcoal, earth, black currant liqueur, licorice, flowers, and spicy wood emerge from this inky/ruby/purple-colored blend. With superb intensity as well as purity, medium to full body, ripe tannin, and plenty of depth and texture..."
International Wine Cellar - "Good medium ruby. Complex nose combines black cherry, blackberry, graphite, bitter chocolate and minerals. Smooth and sweet but not hugely dense or overripe. Enticing flavors of blackberry and licorice. Finishes broad and sweet, with ripe tannins, excellent length and considerable sex appeal. The percentage of merlot in this blend, which was 50% in 2000, has declined steadily in recent years, and the wine has benefited as a result."
Crocker & Starr Winery
Crocker & Starr Wines is a partnership between a historic vineyard site and a winemaker focused on producing distinctive wines of this unique place. In 1997, Pam Starr created this partnership to capture the essence of terroir in her wines – the soil and environment in which the fruit ripens. The Crocker Vineyard, where grapes have been grown since the 1870’s, is located on the south side of St. Helena, bordered by Mills and Dowdell lanes. The most celebrated Bordeaux varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc are grown in varying soils that gradually change as the terrain gently slopes towards the Napa River. So far, 9 acres have been successfully replanted using a variety of rootstocks and clonal selections that best match the soil. View all Crocker & Starr Wines
About Napa Valley
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country unto itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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