But discoveries increasingly occur
as this one did – when a producer reaches out through Facebook. And
when Crosby Roamann reached out, I enthusiastically accepted their
samples, as the McBride family winery is known for their small
production of prestige wines.
The name Crosby Roamann honors the
McBride’s great-grandmother, Sally Roamann, and grandmother, Norma
“Peachy” Crosby. Sally was a girl from the Roaring 20's, a “thrush”
(chorus girl) - beautiful, brazen, and uncompromising. Peachy was a
beauty too, a wonderful poet with a head of thick red curls and a
reputation for being tough as nails. Beautiful on the outside,
tough on the inside and determined as hell – all qualities the
McBrides rely on as they strive to make a difference in the
competitive world of Napa Valley Cabernet.
This wine was my favorite of the
Crosby-Roamann cabs at a recent tasting, and I'm very pleased to
introduce it to you. The 2012 vintage was a great relief,
following the difficult 2011. Wines from 2012 show great
complexity and better ripeness than the stunted 2011, which was
interrupted by day after day of rain smack dab in the middle of the
red wine harvest.
And this wine lives up to my high
expectations for a Napa Cabernet at this price point - not overly
oaked, built to age for a decade from the harvest date, and still
very enjoyable now.
Those familiar with Napa Valley are
wise enough to choose the Silverado Trail over Hwy 29. And
the truly sagely know that Oakville and Rutherford are divided by
Skellenger Road - one of the few stops along the way. That's
where this fruit is grown, in deep soils of composite gray clay.
After harvest, the grapes are manually sorted before fermenting in
temperature-controlled stainless steel for a long twenty-eight
One barrel of Merlot from the Oak
Knoll District was blended in (10%). The wine spent thirty months
in French and American oak barrels of which 60% were new - already
nicely integrated in this four year-old baby. Look for notes of
blueberries, dried herbs and nicely complex Bordeaux fruits, with a
tight-rope walker's balance between fruit and tannin.
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