You could have found us standing nervously at the back of the room at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena on February 22, 2014. We were pouring our wines for the first time at Premier Napa Valley, the prestigious weeklong winter event put on by the Napa Valley Vintners Association that culminates in the wine auction at CIA. I think we could take or leave the hoopla surrounding the event, but what made it special for us was meeting and reconnecting with so many people around the country that have become supporters and fans in the past couple years.
Congratulations go to our winning bidder from Houston. Their unique five-case cuvée is comprised of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot from the 2012 vintage, ageing in one new French oak barrel until December 2014 for a total 26 months élevage. Alder Yarrow, writing for Vingoraphy.com, described it this way, “Bright fresh cherry, great acid, supple tannins, juicy.” It is decidedly lush and sophisticated.
Last week found us back at CIA pouring wine for attendees of the wonderful Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives conference. Friday March 21st we’ll be slinging Cabernet at the Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton. April 13 and 14 Sean will be presenting Crosby Roamann at the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival – http://www.pbfw.com/ – the food and wine festival of the year. And Sunday June 22 we’ll be pouring once again outside in the bright sun at the 33rd Annual Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Festival.
For Spring, we’re releasing our 2012 St. Helena Sauvignon Blanc, one of the core wines at Crosby Roamann. We’re committed to making Sauvignon Blanc from St. Helena because its warm climate and rich soils are perfect for extracting the full phenolic flavor profiles of classic Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc: apricot, quince, and citrus.
The 2012 vintage hails from Handley Vineyard, just north of town and west of the Napa River. The vines for this wine are large, trained in a modified VSP “quad” with root systems in a deep composite soil of grey clay, sand, and large gravel. The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc aged in French oak barrels for eight months. It is subtler and fresher than in past vintages, opening with a touch of Meyer lemon and elderflower, with a stunning finish of acacia honey and candied walnuts.
2012 Sauvignon Blanc St. Helena, Napa Valley 750ml