Crocker & Starr Napa Valley Blend of Cabernet Franc, 2016
Overview of the Wine
"The Crocker & Starr name reflects the unique partnership between Charlie and Pam and the key components that each one brings to the table to achieve great wine: great grapes and great talent. In 1997, Charlie Crocker and Pam Starr established Crocker & Starr with a common goal of resurrecting the historic Crocker Vineyard Estate and creating world-class wines from its extraordinary terroir.
Approaching their 24th harvest together, Charlie (the grapes) and Pam (the talent) are equal partners and co-owners of Crocker & Starr. The winery has been blessed with a strong heritage of credibility that represents a winemaking history of excellence from vine to bottle.
Charlie Crocker and Pam Starr’s partnership flags the resurrection of an 1870′s winery in the small town of St. Helena. Read more of our history here.
Our philosophy at Crocker & Starr is to capture the greatness of the Crocker Vineyard in powerful and balanced wines without compromise. We strive to set the bar for St Helena Appellation Cabernets as a First Growth Bordeaux Chateau would."
Grape / Blend
60% Cab Franc, 34% Merlot, 6% Malbec
Napa Valley, California
95 points Jeb Dunnuck
Moving to the reds and another insane value, the 2016 Cabernet Franc A.V.A Red Blend checks in as 60% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot, and 6% Malbec that spent 22 months in 50% new barrels. Black cherries, savory earth, currants, and forest floor notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, elegant red blend that should be snatched up by readers. It’s going to keep for over a decade.
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 A.V.A. Napa Valley Blend of Cabernet Franc, entirely from vineyards in St. Helena, is made up of 60% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot and 6% Malbec. Deep garnet-purple colored, it strolls nonchalantly out of the glass with perfumed kirsch, menthol, cinnamon and spice notes plus nuances of fresh blackberries, mulberries, rose hip tea and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, firm and grainy, it has a lovely, soft-spoken palate expression and a minty kick to the finish.
Product size: 750ml