Here in Napa Valley the 2013 wines are in barrel, the leaves are changing color in fiery and beautiful shades, and the wind has picked up, whispering of the cooler season ahead.
As we sit down to recount and reflect on the harvest for Crosby Roamann, what strikes me most, beyond what an exceptional vintage 2013 will be, is the fact that we are here for the first time since our inception, living amongst the vines in Napa Valley. Beyond the practical reasons this is such a bonus,, we felt for the first time to be a physical part of the magic. Rising with the sun and the hot air balloons that fly over our part of the valley on clear mornings; breathing in that particular sweet, musty grape scent during harvest daytimes; the short, beautiful and still somewhat ethereal drive to the winery or the vineyards; meals shared outside with family, some nights lighting our outdoor wood-burning grill; and then over a glass of wine in our backyard the bright lights of Venus in the West, Cassiopeia in the East.
By growing standards, 2013 was exceptional. It felt surreal, after the past three years, to be waiting for things to morph into this quasi-unreal perfect-state of ripeness: the kind of thing that might unfold if you stare at it too long.
It all started with the St. Helena Sauvignon Blanc, which we picked on September 5. This year’s vintage was ripe and beautiful, the grapes bursting with a range of tart grapefruit and ripe melon flavors. The Chardonnay from Carneros in southern Napa Valley followed on September 16th, with delicious notes of ultra-ripe tangerine, mango, and passion fruit. We brought the Oak Knoll District Merlot in on September 20, slightly earlier than in past years, and the wine is very rich and dark with flavors reminiscent of blackberry jam. Finally, our Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon came in Friday morning, October 11th, with small, desiccated, beautiful dark berries, crunchy brown seeds we could eat, and rich flavors bursting with the promise of a good wine in a great vintage.
Coming off the high of a great harvest season, we’re excited to announce the release of our finest and first reserve wine, Crosby’s Reserve 2010. This wine is a selection of three finest barrels of Oak Knoll District Merlot and Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon: a luscious, elegant, and seductive red wine aged for 20 months in all new French oak, then bottled without fining or filtration. Just 77 cases produced. Purchase by clicking here.
Some reviews for the 2010 Crosby’s Reserve:
“This tiny production blend surely is made in the modern cult style. Its tannins are soft and sexy, its flavors deep and delicious with milk chocolate, blackberry jam, cassis liqueur and buttery toast. The only thing it lacks is subtlety, but it does deserve its score for sheer Napa power.” — Steve Heimoff, June 2013, Wine Enthusiast
“Bright red-ruby. Deeply pitched aromas and flavors of plum, cherry, currant and mocha. A step up in sweetness and palate presence from the varietal merlot and cabernet bottlings, but still nicely dry and understated. More oak here but also more supporting material. Finishes with broad, dusty tannins and good length. These well-made wines suggest that this will be a winery worth following.” — Stephen Tanzer, May/June 2013, International Wine Cellar
2010 Crosby’s Reserve Napa Valley 6-bottle wood case