Crocker & Starr

St. Helena Cabernet Franc

9.4194 ratings
9.351 pro ratings
St. Helena, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Franc
Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Hard Cheese, Blue Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Potato, White Rice, Herbs, Tomato-Based, Pasta, Mushrooms, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Beef, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Lamb, Turkey, Pork, Duck, Venison
Top Notes For
Greg Gregory

This was seriously spectacular. Incredible mouthful and rose petals flying out of the glass with kisses of blueberry essence attached.

This was seriously spectacular. Incredible mouthful and rose petals flying out of the glass with kisses of blueberry essence attached.

Dec 22nd, 2018
Shay A
9.4

What an incredible second day here in Napa. Jesus started us off with an amazing tasting at Davies/Schramsberg, Crocker & Starr gave us our cab franc fix, Montagu & Addax put on a double tasting, and Hourglass knocked it out of the park at the end of the day! I won’t post each wine we tasted, but I’ll highlight the best from each spot.

We are all die hard Cab Franc fans, so a stop here was a must after
@Carl Fischer introduced me to this cab franc last year. First, the property itself is flat out gorgeous. Quaint and quiet. Awesome history here as well.

This cab franc is a BABY. New release. Red and black fruits are still fighting to take over...didn’t get much blueberry off of this like I did the ‘12, but age plays a part. Violet, lavender, black truffle and a touch of spice. A benchmark for Napa Cab Franc, alongside Arnyca and Detert. The Post 1 bottle is their current release (2013) Cabernet that is their purest expression of Cabernet from the Estate. This is serious Cabernet...tannic, structured and could compete with top end mountain wines.

What an incredible second day here in Napa. Jesus started us off with an amazing tasting at Davies/Schramsberg, Crocker & Starr gave us our cab franc fix, Montagu & Addax put on a double tasting, and Hourglass knocked it out of the park at the end of the day! I won’t post each wine we tasted, but I’ll highlight the best from each spot.

We are all die hard Cab Franc fans, so a stop here was a must after
@Carl Fischer introduced me to this cab franc last year. First, the property itself is flat out gorgeous. Quaint and quiet. Awesome history here as well.

This cab franc is a BABY. New release. Red and black fruits are still fighting to take over...didn’t get much blueberry off of this like I did the ‘12, but age plays a part. Violet, lavender, black truffle and a touch of spice. A benchmark for Napa Cab Franc, alongside Arnyca and Detert. The Post 1 bottle is their current release (2013) Cabernet that is their purest expression of Cabernet from the Estate. This is serious Cabernet...tannic, structured and could compete with top end mountain wines.

Feb 3rd, 2018
Justin Preiser

Vintner/Owner Shadowbox Cellars

9.7

9 years have lead to soft raspberries and blue berries and finish with long dark chocolate. An excellent example of new world Cab Franc.

9 years have lead to soft raspberries and blue berries and finish with long dark chocolate. An excellent example of new world Cab Franc.

1 person found it helpfulOct 29th, 2014
Shay A
9.5

My cab franc binge continues, and this one ranks among the best Cab francs I've ever had. @Carl Fischer and I are "cab franc nerds" (a smaller group of the Wine Nerd Herd crew 😂), and we agreed to introduce each other to our favorite cab francs. This was my first from his batch and I wonder if the bar is now set too high! If I had to summarize this wine, it would be that everything is in sync. All the pieces feel well aligned and brought together appropriately. Initially, I want to talk about the nose...that oiled leather, pepper, currants and vanilla, but then I go back to the beautiful acidity, texture, medium bodied, rush of blackberries, plum and floral notes. I keep going back and forth. Feel like that's the signature of a great wine...you can't decide which component is your favorite. @Pam Starr , this is a beautiful wine. Carl, you are off to a hot start my friend. Looking forward to seeing how the Detert shows!

My cab franc binge continues, and this one ranks among the best Cab francs I've ever had. @Carl Fischer and I are "cab franc nerds" (a smaller group of the Wine Nerd Herd crew 😂), and we agreed to introduce each other to our favorite cab francs. This was my first from his batch and I wonder if the bar is now set too high! If I had to summarize this wine, it would be that everything is in sync. All the pieces feel well aligned and brought together appropriately. Initially, I want to talk about the nose...that oiled leather, pepper, currants and vanilla, but then I go back to the beautiful acidity, texture, medium bodied, rush of blackberries, plum and floral notes. I keep going back and forth. Feel like that's the signature of a great wine...you can't decide which component is your favorite. @Pam Starr , this is a beautiful wine. Carl, you are off to a hot start my friend. Looking forward to seeing how the Detert shows!

Mar 11th, 2017
Randy Fuller

The wine is dark and mysterious, like Cab Franc should be. Blueberry aromas dominate the nose, with a lovely bell pepper note bubbling underneath. Flavors of dark fruit, coffee and black pepper on the palate are joined with firm tannins and a sweet oak influence.

The wine is dark and mysterious, like Cab Franc should be. Blueberry aromas dominate the nose, with a lovely bell pepper note bubbling underneath. Flavors of dark fruit, coffee and black pepper on the palate are joined with firm tannins and a sweet oak influence.

Feb 1st, 2017
Tracy Hall

Love this and it's at a great place now. Violets and fruit in balance. WTG @Pam Starr this rocks!

Love this and it's at a great place now. Violets and fruit in balance. WTG @Pam Starr this rocks!

May 7th, 2016
Delaille Raubenheimer

Juicy dark fruits, cherries, raspberries with the typical minty herbaceousness you would expect from a cab franc. Smooth tannins silky mouthfeel lingering finish. Ages very well

Juicy dark fruits, cherries, raspberries with the typical minty herbaceousness you would expect from a cab franc. Smooth tannins silky mouthfeel lingering finish. Ages very well

Mar 24th, 2016
Rebecca Fletcher

Fresh raspberry and strawberry, floral, tomato, vanilla, wet earth. Very aromatic. M acid, body and tannin. Baking spice, blackberry, blueberry, floral and minerality. Long finish and very complex. This wine has "style"!

Fresh raspberry and strawberry, floral, tomato, vanilla, wet earth. Very aromatic. M acid, body and tannin. Baking spice, blackberry, blueberry, floral and minerality. Long finish and very complex. This wine has "style"!

Mar 1st, 2016
Rebecca Fletcher

Plum, red cherry, pencil shavings and violet. M- acid, m body, m+ tannin. Both black and red fruit, violet, black cherry and minerality. This is a sophisticated wine! 😏

Plum, red cherry, pencil shavings and violet. M- acid, m body, m+ tannin. Both black and red fruit, violet, black cherry and minerality. This is a sophisticated wine! 😏

Mar 1st, 2016
Greg Gregory

Beautiful. So floral even at this stage of its evolution means I can wait to try again once it loses its baby fat.

Beautiful. So floral even at this stage of its evolution means I can wait to try again once it loses its baby fat.

Feb 13th, 2016