Manly Men Drink Merlot

Father’s Day Special — Manly Men Drink Merlot — 2012 Merlot, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, 750ml

Shipping and Father’s Day card included (specify what you want written in special notes). Order by June 10th to ensure delivery.

Friends: for the last nine months we’ve been secretly and quietly working on a new project with my brother Eric Arvai to help showcase who we are and what we do in a new way.  I’m sure if you asked Eric, he would say it was like birthing a new baby.  The time, the love, the attention that he and his partner Adriel Olmos put into this project was beyond normal work hours and done as a labor of love on evenings and weekends.  The result is the first of a series of videos … which we’re delighted to share with you now.

This beautiful video is hours and hours of footage condensed into one short story that sort of came together without us meaning for it to do, as can happen sometimes when the camera starts rolling and the right questions are asked. We started at Harvest last year, we rolled through fermentations, bottlings, and special event tastings.  What I think we’ve encompassed is the beauty, the heart, and the relational experience that wine brings to any table, but most especially to ours.  Wine is truly alive, and we are meant to celebrate that.

The inspiration for this kind of documentary style footage comes from a series we love on Netflix called “Chef’s Table,” and we think Eric & Adriel have created something really special here that does for Crosby Roamann and wine, what that series did for food.  We are so proud of this and so very happy to be able to finally share it with you.  Please watch and share yourselves — And after you’ve seen the video, please read on below to find our “Manly Men Drink Merlot” campaign for Father’s Day, and some up-coming events at the winery!

 

 

Father’s Day is just around the corner on Sunday, June 18th. Together with two small family wineries in our own Crusher District of Napa Valley, we’re hosting a progressive tasting and meal, with food pairings created by a local Napa chef.  It’s on Saturday June 17th, and there are only 12 seats available, with transportation provided between our three wineries.  What a perfect start for Father’s Day- RSVP link and menu details here.  Sign up while seats are still available. 

And if you are still looking for a gift for Dad, we have a saying we’ve been tossing out, a little tongue in cheek….“Manly Men Drink Merlot”.  It’s time we put that myth to bed that Merlot is in any way an inferior grape variety.  After all, some of the most expensive and famous wines in the world are made from Merlot. We’re pretty excited about our 2012 Oak Knoll District Merlot, hailing from the Jaeger Family vineyard off Big Ranch Road, one of the most unheralded but decidedly most beautiful spots in the Napa Valley. This Merlot is rich, yet balanced by sweet blackberry flavors and a tart raspberry sweetness that lingers on the finish. It would make a really nice gift for that strong confident man in your life.

Cheers!

Juliana & Sean

An Especially Fashionable Mother’s Day

“The bearing, rearing, feeding and educating of children; the running of a house with its thousand details; human relationships with their myriad pulls–woman’s normal occupations in general run counter to creative life, or contemplative life, or saintly life. The problem is not merely one of Woman and Career, Woman and the Home, Woman and Independence. It is more basically: how to remain whole in the midst of the distractions of life; how to remain balanced, no matter what centrifugal forces tend to pull one off center; how to remain strong, no matter what shocks come in at the periphery and tend to crack the hub of the wheel.” ― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, “Gift from the Sea

I find myself returning to Anne Morrow Lindberg’s Gift from the Sea again and again, especially since I became a mother a little over nine years ago. Every time I dip into it, a chapter here or there, I’m startled with new revelations. What most resonates with me these days is the idea of balance, and how we always seem to be striving for it, elusive as it may feel at times.

The idea of balance is central not only to my personal sphere, but is also at the very core of Crosby Roamann’s raison d’etre.  The whole idea behind our move to California was to create a work/life balance. The very heart of our winemaking style seeks to achieve a balance in each of the wines we create.  A balance of ripeness and acidity, alcohol and tannin, striving to rest on that fulcrum of what’s been grown in these soils, in this climate, each year. It feels the same in parenting, as we try to balance a myriad of day to day and month to month factors.

But I digress.  It’s easy to do when taking on the difficult task of talking about motherhood, to get effusive in talking about the very principle behind our winery.

This year for Mother’s day, I had an opportunity to collaborate with a very good friend who runs a pretty incredible non-profit in New York called Start Small, Think Big. I was looking for a gift that I myself would want to receive for Mother’s day; that I thought would be the perfect gift for all the amazing women who balance so much, in my own life.  This dear friend introduced me to one of her clients, who owns a business called Home & Loft. 

Our Mother’s Day gift includes a bottle of our deliciously balanced and sustainably produced 2013 Carneros Chardonnay, and a beautiful and truly handmade scarf from New York’s Home & Loft.

The Chardonnay comes from the south-facing hillside Fire Tree Vineyard, a gorgeous location overlooking San Pablo Bay, just north of Highway 121.  The fruit was sorted once in the vineyard, and again at the winery for the choicest clusters.  The wine was then fermented and aged in an assortment of new and neutral American, French, and Hungarian oak barrels for 20 months; only 120 cases were produced.  The resulting wine is both tropical and fresh, with deliciously round lemon meringue notes and perfect acidity.

The scarf is a beautiful and truly handmade 100% cotton Turkish blue checkered scarf with hand-tied tassels from Home & Loft, a NYC-based woman-owned small business. The scarves were hand loomed and hand spun by a women’s foundation in the South of Turkey. The organization teaches women skills like this and gives them a salary and retirement benefits.  Home & Loft is one of many small businesses that has received assistance from Start Small Think Big, a nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs, particularly women, start and grow successful small businesses.

 

Happy Mother’s Day Special (2013 Chardonnay + Home & Loft Scarf):

 

Order by May 6 to ensure delivery by May 12. $90, shipping included. Handwritten cards possible by request.

I’ll be tossing my beautiful scarf over my shoulder and raising my glass to you in recognition of your excellent taste, and in gratitude for all that you do.  Your favorite matriarchs will be too.

Warmly,

Juliana McBride

 

Spring Fever

Here in Northern California, the trees have started flowering and we’ve had more rain than we’ve seen in years.  The sun is brilliant, the sky an eggshell blue and the Kelly-green rolling hills look filtered they’re so bright, especially against the mustard and wildflowers that grow between the vines.  You guys, there are baby lambs….EVERYWHERE. A deep feeling of happiness sits in the base of my being, along with a lightness in my head, a giddiness in my limbs.  While we are still technically in winter until March 21, it really truly feels like Spring.

We must celebrate. We must take advantage of everything there is on offer at our local markets to eat. We must take a few moments each day to feel the sun on our skin and let the warmth penetrate.

And because it’s Spring, we’re going to throw a dinner party in its honor.  Here at the winery, with the amazing Sarah Pinkin.  Thursday, March 23rd 5:30pmLet us know if you want to join.  It’s going to be a Spring-themed menu of course, paired with some old and new wines, and a few surprises, as always.

And of course we want to offer you a taste of Spring to have all on your very own.  Just in case it rains (or snows) again and you want to remember that warmth on your skin.  Or if you just need desperately for Spring to arrive ASAP.  It’s Spring in a bottle.

This wine is not available in our store for sale, and will only be available here for a short time.  It has been sort of a special wine that we’ve served in the tasting room, or to our members.  And like most of our wines, we made less than a hundred cases of it.  It tastes incredible….there is citrus, there is apricot, there is a minerality and acidity to hold it all up.  It is Sauvignon Blanc from St. Helena, but a special fruit selection.  The grapes were just a little bit riper, but not too sweet. After all, we’re not talking summer (yet).

 

 

2013 Reserve Blanc

White Wine

Napa Valley

750ml

 

 

 

Crosby Roamance 2017

The first time we made Pinot Noir in 2013 was on a dare. It turned out so well, we couldn’t resist the urge to make it again; it has since become something of an obsession. As in 2016 when we offered our Pinot Noir for the first time over Valentine’s Day, we are now releasing our 2014 just in time for that most lovable of holidays, which means that, once again, it’s time to add a little Crosby Roamance to your life.

This Valentine’s Day, receive two bottles of Pinot Noir, a two-chocolate truffle box from Kollar Chocolates, and a blank, handcrafted valentine for your special someone. Order by February 4.  Shipping included. Valentine’s Day Special:

The 2014 Pinot Noir is a single vineyard wine from Carneros, on gently sloping hills in southern Napa Valley overlooking San Pablo Bay. Fermented on indigenous yeasts and aged twenty months in one-quarter new French oak barrels, the rest one and two years old. Light and elegant in structure, with tangy notes of orange blossoms, cloves, and brine. This wine is very tactile on the palate, earthy … the overall impression is of cranberry-lime and gingersnap cookies, with a surprisingly long and tactile finish. Four barrels produced, just 100 cases.

Members of the inner circle receive special pricing ($80.00) and can add their Valentine’s Day Special by contacting Juliana@crosbyroamann.com.

Happy Holidays from Crosby Roamann

Dear friends,

It’s been a wonderful year. While we are still settling into the routine of life and work at our new facility in the Crusher Wine District, the wines we are producing this year are probably the best we have ever made. I think they are the purest wines we have ever made … Especially the small lots of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, made with the most dedication and skill.

We completed the final phase of the warehouse renovation, and while that has been a benchmark it’s left us feeling a little like it’s not the end – “There will always be something….” But we’re very excited with our slightly new look. If you thought it looked cool before, you’ll love the improvements we’ve made.

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone that has visited the winery. Having you all come and enjoy the wines with us is ultimately the reason we do this. Which is also why we are throwing one more little shin-dig this weekend.

Holiday Party: Saturday 3 – 6 A Family Friendly Event

Come join us this Saturday for our last event of the year! We are partnering with CHEVOO and featuring their one-of-a-kind artisan goat cheese – a unique combination of hand-blended chèvre immersed in an olive oil infusion. Bring the kids: we’ll have the grill going too, or don’t: You can stop by for a glass of wine and then head to dinner with that special someone! RSVP here.

Membership for 2017

We know people say this all the time. We know you’re used to hearing it. And it is perhaps the only time of the year we’ll say this to you. But if you were ever going to do it, this would be the time. Joining as a Member now locks in 2016 pricing. We will also continue to honor pricing for Members who joined prior to 2016.

New pricing effective 2017:

  • Tier One – includes 12 bottles/year and receives a 10% discount
  • Tier Two – includes 24 bottles/year and receives a 15% discount
  • Tier Three – includes 36 bottles/year and receives a 20% discount

Our shipping schedule will also be changing in 2017. California residents and collectors will continue to receive wines upon release, every other month. Everyone else will receive two shipments per year, in the spring and the fall.

 

New year. New wines *
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
2014 Chardonnay
2014 Pinot Noir
2013 Merlot
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Crosby’s Reserve

With love and best wishes for the holidays,

Juliana & Sean

* Schedule subject to change. Includes optional one-month Member’s pick or library wine substitute. Shipping and two tastings included, plus the annual Member’s gift.

10 years. 81 days.

81 days since the first day of harvest 2016! The madness of it! 81 days! So much has happened and so much has changed in just so short a period of time and such a long one. It’s funny how it can seem like forever ago and always seem like no time has passed at all.

A brief recap on harvest – Our 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Reserve Blanc are racked and topped. The Chardonnay is still very slowly percolating through secondary fermentation, and we are stirring it occasionally. The Beck Vineyard field-blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and our four lots of Pinot Noir – Napa, Sonoma, and two lots of Anderson Valley — are slowly completing malolactic fermentation as well, and the small lot of Harmony School Cabernet that fermented in bin and barrel is just starting.

And, we have just completed the tasting room renovation. The lights and ceiling were replaced and we will be open for tastings again following Thanksgiving break. It’s a project that we have been planning for a while … When we first bought our warehouse in 2014, it was a shell, just four concrete walls and a plywood roof: no insulation, no ceiling, no lighting or electricity and no plumbing. The first phase of renovation involved finishing the space and occupying it. During phase two we applied for, received and installed the winery permit and plumbing. Phase three, which we have just completed, involved renovating the tasting room, and it looks amazing. Please come see it – Schedule a winery tour and tasting here!

10 years.

It’s been ten years that we’ve been slowly building this thing called Crosby Roamann. Ten years! What more is there to say? It still feels as fresh and new, as exciting and different as it ever did, and yet it’s also starting to feel like something different, like something we have grown into, like something we have become: No longer a mask, but a reflection … And not a reflection, because this thing, this winery, these wines, this life, it isn’t a reflection at all, but a choice, a continuing affirmation, a continuing struggle, a cycle, an art. A portrait, and each time we return to it, each time we re-engage, we bring something new to the table, something from our other lives, something from our night-selves, something from our dreams.

We are not only the person we are, the child we were, the person we have become, but the person we desire to be. We are not only the reflection in the mirror, the physical, the actual, but also the potential, the imaginary. We must hold these two thoughts in our mind: Not only the possible, but also the impossible.

The castles of our future are paved with the bricks of our dreams.

The feast.

Join us for our Holiday Wine Celebration (and dance party for those who stay late) — Saturday, December 17, 2016. Details still to come, but we will have good food, great wines (as always) and dance music on the turntable. RSVP here and save the date!

For members.

We are closing out this year’s Inner Circle shipments with a blast-from-the-past: 2011 Crosby’s Reserve. This wine, a rich and succulent blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot aged in all new French oak for 22 months, has never tasted better. It has shed its youthful exuberance and grown into a sophisticated and stylish wine. Don’t miss it!

More news! Our Inner Circle membership shipping schedule will be changing in the new year. California residents and collectors (6-bottles+) can continue to receive wines upon release, every other month. Everyone else will receive two shipments per year, in the spring and the fall. Joining as a member now locks in your discounted pricing for the year. New pricing effective end of the year. Join now.

2011 Crosby’s Reserve

Napa Valley, Red Wine

750ml

 

Happy Harvest and a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving to our friends and family.

With love from Napa Valley,

Juliana & Sean

Happy Harvest!

2016: Low Yields & Excellent Quality + Thanksgiving Special
 
It has been madness since our last update … all of our fruit has come in and almost all of our wines have completed fermentation. The yeasty and warm aromas of fermenting juice have mostly dissipated, and the winery is slowly returning to some semblance of normalcy, so we have begun to plan our Thanksgiving release and holiday events (please see below).On September 24 we brought in just over a ton of fruit from Beck Vineyard and de-stemmed the fruit by hand. We’re co-fermenting the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot together and the blend is still fermenting after 31 days in tank. We’re tasting it a couple times a week and watching the concentration and complexity of the wine increase with each tasting … it has a color reminiscent of the evening sky just as the sun sets, a concentrated darkness with purplish highlights, with a fully ripe and succulent palate of dark berry compote.
 
We just picked our small lot of Cabernet Sauvignon from Harmony School Vineyard Sunday, October 9, at dawn. This fruit went directly into six new French oak barrels for extended fermentation and will continue to macerate for another 6-8 weeks.

 

Harmony School Vineyard

We harvested Chardonnay from Loma Blanca Vineyard in Carneros on the morning of September 25. The juice fermented quickly on native yeasts in a combination of new and neutral French oak and is just finishing malolactic fermentation now. We are beginning to stir the lees in the barrels for density and complexity of flavor.
 
One of the most interesting wines of the season was the Sauvignon Blanc from Alsace Vineyard in Rutherford. We picked this fruit on September 16 and whole cluster pressed the juice directly to a combination of once-used and neutral French oak. The wine fermented spontaneously on native yeasts despite very high ripeness. We set aside one barrel of the softest press wine to a new barrel for the Reserve Blanc, and while young, it is impeccably peachy and tropical, full bodied and wonderfully balanced.
 
And then there are the Pinot Noirs … as we reported earlier in the season, we were fortunate enough to contract for four separate small lots of Pinot Noir this year: one small lot from Gremlin Vineyard in the Carneros AVA of Sonoma Valley, a tiny portion of Napa Valley Pinot Noir from Kim Giles Vineyard just overlooking San Pablo Bay, and two separate lots from the bio-dynamically farmed Filigreen Farm in Anderson Valley. All of these lots fermented on native yeasts and the Gremlin, Kim Giles, and Filigreen Farms Old Vine lots were pressed by hand in our old hand-crank press. The barrels are still percolating through malolactic, but they taste wonderful, each lot distinctly unique even at this early stage.
 
Then, rain on October 18 officially brought this year’s harvest to a close. In short, it’s been a very exciting time in our little industrial chic warehouse on the outskirts of Napa!
 
Some new wines to tempt you…We bottled a truly boutique 27 cases of 2014 Reserve Blanc (a late harvest, un-inoculated and skin-fermented Sauvignon Blanc) on September 18 with help from our Arvai family and our master of the cave Ben “Cooperman” Kopman. You can find pictures from all of it on Instagram here. It will be released later this year. We are also shortly releasing the regular blend of the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc from St. Helena, Napa Valley. Notes and more details will be forthcoming shortly, but this is a fully loaded and beautifully nuanced Sauvignon with our house style tropical fruit, vanilla, and citrusy mid-palate.
 
For Thanksgiving we are releasing a Thanksgiving Special Selection. Choose either a six bottle set (three bottles each of 2013 Chardonnay and 2013 Pinot Noir) or the “party package” with twelve bottles (three bottles each of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon). Shipping included until Friday November 11.

We hope to see you at the winery soon!

With love from Napa Valley,

Juliana & Sean

Winery News

Dear Friends,

The summer flew by in a lazy dream. Most days a prolonged fog hung in the air until near-midday. When the cloud cover finally burned off, it revealed a warming afternoon light. Then came cool breezes. In these last moments of summer, as the afternoon light shined over the mountains, and a cool wind blew in from the north, we could feel an effortless, calming beauty. Time stretched out before us unknown, unknowable. “The past and the future … empty as a dream.”

2016 marks the second harvest under our own roof. We have already brought in fruit from two vineyards. Our first harvest was September 1: Pinot Noir from Gremlin Vineyard in Carneros, Sonoma, just down the road from our little house in town. The second pick was just this past Monday, Labor Day, from Kim Giles Vineyard, a place stranded between Carneros and American Canyon and just above the San Pablo Bay. We are thrilled to be working with both of these vineyards for the first time. The Pinot Noir from Gremlin is already nearing the completion of fermentation on indigenous yeasts; Kim Giles’s fruit has barely begun.

But there’s more. We are also very excited to be working with two new Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in Napa Valley: Beck Vineyard, a less than one acre plot of clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon with a small planting of Merlot alongside it, and Harmony School Vineyard, a one-acre vineyard of clone 6. Both vineyards are in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains, in the Coombsville AVA. We will also be returning to Loma Blanc Vineyard for old, Wente clone Chardonnay from the Carneros, Napa appellation, and we will be bringing in Sauvignon Blanc from Alsace Vineyard in Rutherford. For the first time we will also bring in a small amount of Pinot Noir from Filigreen Farm, an organic farm just north of Boonville, CA in Anderson Valley.

In the tasting room and online, we have three new wines available: The 2015 Rosé de Saignée, a tasty and succulent dry rosé wine with a deep red rose color, the 2013 Chardonnay, and the 2013 Pinot Noir, both from Carneros, Napa Valley. Find them here. And there are many exciting changes at the winery. We initiated a new online reservation system, which has greatly streamlined the reservation process for the tasting room. We’ve incorporated more and newer wines into the selection available by the glass. We’ve added some new items to the tasting menu – including Vignette Wine Country Sodas for all the families with children visiting the winery – and we’ve added photography by Darren Ankenman and have new paintings on display from Aiden Kringen.

As always, the magic trick is to continue to be completely and effortlessly true. As a stand-alone, bonded winery in downtown Napa Valley, we are committed to working with small, sustainable farms, to non-interventionist winemaking, and handmade, artisanal wines. If you haven’t already, schedule a tasting with Sean or Juliana here.

Upcoming Events

Walk to End Alzheimer’s — There is still time to contribute to our 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s event this Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Yountville, CA. $5 from every bottle of 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon sold now through September 10, 2016 is donated to the our local Alzheimer’s Association in honor of Norma “Peachy” Crosby.  Buy that wine here. Support our team or make a donation in support of your own loved one!

Crusher Games III — Explore the Crusher Wine District and visit our industrial chic winery space in Napa Valley next September 17th, Noon – 4pm! The Crusher Wine District is a cutting-edge collective of modern, edgy and urban wineries clustered in the south district of Napa. For our third annual Crusher Games, we’ll have a selection of whimsical games to enjoy outside (think Wine Pong, Barrel Putt-Putt, Bung Bung Barrel Toss, etc.), amazing prizes, DJ spinning and, of course, we’ve lined up some great food for you enjoy. Enter the code CROSBY for a $10 discount per ticket.

A special note to members

We held off on shipping and charging members for the July shipment due to continued warm temperatures throughout the month. Members who have not already picked up their allocations will be receiving their July and September shipments in the mail within the next month. July was our “choose your allocation” month, so if you haven’t already done so, please let us know which wine from the library you’d like us to include in your shipment by writing Juliana here.

Juliana & Sean

Crosby Roamann 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 6-bottle Wood Case (Shipping Included)

The faint edge of spring hits the air like a question mark and the head and the heart run in opposite directions. It’s a wonderful time to be drinking fiery and spicy reds: country reds like Tempranillo and briefly aged Priorat, Pommards and very old Bordeaux. One of our own wines we keep coming back to this month is the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is still so robust and chalky and concentrated that it is just now peaking — all the flavors of vanilla, white pepper, beef blood, and graphite melting into one.

The wine was made from grapes grown at White Rock Vineyards in the steep foothills of the Vaca Mountains. The vineyard is named for a stratum of fist-sized white stones very near the surface of the earth which lends the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grown here a chalky texture and heady perfume. In warmer years like 2007, the Petit Verdot develops a strikingly French perfume which always reminds me of the best Grenache-based wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, reminiscent of jasmine and May rose, lavender and citrus.

Crosby Roamann has been a tribute to the women in the McBride family since its beginning. And the wines that we enjoy this time of year are not so very different from the women for whom we named the winery: creative, artistic, brilliant in their own ways, fiery, diplomatic, mercurial, ever changing, ever growing, silent at times, often times rambunctious, wonderful, and beautiful. Sometimes I think wines are like their winemakers, mirrors of their soul. Sometimes I think wines are like children, for whom we want everything, but who surprise us when they outshine us. This is one of those wines.

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 6-bottle Wood Case (Shipping Included)

We support the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Peachy Crosby!

$5 from every bottle of 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon sold now through September 10, 2016 is donated to the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Napa Valley, CA Saturday, September 10, 2016.  Support our team or make a donation in support of your own loved one. Walk with us: We’d love to have you JOIN THE CROSBY ROAMANN TEAM!

FAQ: Who’s the lady on the bottle? Anne McBride.

 

Pinot Noir Release

Crosby Roamance Valentine’s Day Special 2016

In 2013 we were approached by a friend who manages vineyards. On offer were five short rows of Dijon-clone Pinot Noir vines grown in exceptionally cool conditions at the very southernmost edge of Napa Valley, in the community of American Canyon. On some nights, from here on the water’s edge, you can see the lights of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco twinkling in the distance.

The vineyards in American Canyon ascend the gently rising Vaca foothills east of Highway 29. In some ways, this place is unglorified and unglamorous, but that’s one of the things we love about it … how in so many ways this stretch of gently rising vineyard land running along the coast of San Pablo Bay is so very un-Napa.

The fruit displayed very ripe raspberry and cherry cola flavors; although delightful, it needed balance. So we decided to look for another small lot of Pinot that could provide a counterpoint. We found it at a small, family owned vineyard in Carneros known colloquially as the Pig Farm, where a small selection of 38 year old heritage-selection Pinot Noir vines grow. It tasted woodsy and feral, with spice, dried herbs and musque.

We harvested both vineyards the same day. The friend who introduced us to the American Canyon vineyard picked that fruit with his crew; we harvested the Pig Farm fruit with Eric Arvai, Nathanial “Bananas” Foster, and Ben Kopman. Eric, Bananas, Ben, and Sean took turns rotating the old hand crank to destem the fruit, which took four hours. (Bananas claims he was stung in the eye by a bee in the process. It was our first — and to this day, only — harvest injury.) We spent the rest of the night drinking 2009 Dark Garden Cabernet Sauvignon, and eating pizza, and telling jokes, like the first night we all bottled our first wine, in Yountville, not so many years ago.

Both lots of Pinot Noir fermented on indigenous yeasts, and we pressed in small batches over two days, again by hand, after seventeen days on the skins. We racked the young wine to three once-used barrels and one new half-barrel, all French. The wine completed malolactic fermentation in barrel slowly, and remained on its lees for another twelve months. We racked and blended the wine to tank after twenty months in barrel and bottled with neither fining nor filtration.

The 2013 Pinot Noir Napa Valley is plush and soft and warm and fruity. The American Canyon fruit lends it tart raspberry and confectioner sugar qualities; the Carneros fruit lends it a woodsy and earthy substance. While young, it drinks beautifully now and will age wonderfully for 5-8 years.

For a limited time we are offering a Valentine’s Day Special including two bottles of Pinot Noir and a two-truffle box from Kollar Chocolates. Limited to one special per person.

Members of the inner circle can add the Valentine’s Day Special by logging into their accounts or contacting Juliana@crosbyroamann.com.

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