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 her flagship ‘Stone Place’ Cabernet Sauvignon. Pam likes to say, “I don’t drive life, life drives me,” and thus was born an entirely new bottling –one that is more approachable to the palate and the wallet.
Made using the exact same 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
Crocker & Starr 2014 RLC Cabernet, Napa Valley
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The 2014 RLC jumps out of the glass with stunning aromas of cherry pie, vanilla, pomegranates, anise and toasted walnut. On the palate this lush well-made Napa Cabernet offers up flavors of black stone fruit, chocoalate, black & red cherry fruit, and a hint of toasty vanilla. The wine is well-structured and nicely balanced offering up a long lasting finish with light grained tannins, making this a great wine that could cellar but also could be drunk right now. (decant about 60-90 minutes before serving)
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