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2018 Crocker & Starr Casali Malbec

ITEM 7978932 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased upon release

Bidder Amount Total
$55
Item Sold Amount Date
I8004429 1 $45 Nov 21, 2021
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RATINGS

92Jeb Dunnuck

...beautiful wine, offering medium to full-bodied richness as well as a clean, lively bouquet of blue fruits, violets, charcoal, and graphite. Its oak is nicely integrated, it has terrific tannins...

PRODUCER

Crocker & Starr

Crocker & Starr was established in 1971 when San Francisco businessman Charlie Crocker bought the 19th century Dowdell & Sons winery in St. Helena. The estate didn’t start producing wine for the market until the late 1990s, after he teamed up with winemaker Pam Starr to create the winery. The first commercial vintage the 1997 Cabernet Franc. Today the estate has 100 acres and produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. Wine Advocate has often rated the estate’s wines in the mid-90s.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena

St. Helena AVA is at the northern end of Napa Valley just north of Rutherford and south of Calistoga. It is a relatively warm climate thanks to the Mayacamas Mountains on its western edge, which protect it from Pacific Ocean fog. Out of the 9,000 acres in the appellation, some 1,500 are under vine. The principal grapes grown in St. Helena are the Bordeaux grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. St. Helena is considered prime wine producing territory, and it was one of the first important wine producing regions in northern California. The legendary Charles Krug founded his winery just north of the town of St. Helena in 1873, and today the appellation is home to many prestigious producers, including Abreu, Grace Family and Spottswoode.

TYPE

Red Wine, Malbec

This grape produces a dark red wine with plenty of tannins. It is one of the six grapes allowed for blending red Bordeaux wines. Malbec is also the flagship variety of Argentina. The grape needs a lot of sun and heat to mature. It adds complexity and intensity to blends.