The Story: Named for the variations of rock, loam, and clay soils found throughout the St. Helena based Crocker Estate Vineyard, RLC is the embodiment of Crocker & Starr as a concept. Winemaker and co-owner Pam Starr had the idea for RLC when she realized that the blocks of vines that made up the periphery of the vineyard were too unique to play a mere supporting role in her flagship ‘Stone Place’ Cabernet Sauvignon. Pam likes to say, “I don’t drive life, life drives me,” and thus was born an entirely new bottling –one that is more approachable to the palate andthe wallet.
Made using the exact same techniques as Crocker & Starr’s estate flagship Cabernet bottlings, RLC is a study in unique terroir. Fans familiar with Stone Place’s signature dark, brooding palate will enjoy RLC’s supple tannic structure, red cherry fruit, and lasting finish. RLC is a Cabernet to enjoy over the next few years while waiting for Stone Place to mature in the cellar
Tasting Notes: The 2016 RLC immediately jumps out of the glass with aromatics of wild black cherries, Tahitian vanilla bean, anise and sandalwood. Flavors of Bing cherry, savory dark chocolate finishing with supple tannins make this a great wine to drink right now, though it can easily age in the cellar for a decade or more.
Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points: ”Coming all from the Crocker Estate fruits and 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, brought up in 60% new French oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon RLC reveals a deep purple color as well as medium to full-bodied richness, lovely notes of cassis, toasted spice, herbes de Provence, and graphite, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It’s another sensational wine from winemaker and co-owner Pam Starr.”
Robert Parker 94 Points:”The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate RLC is from the Crocker Estate vineyard in St. Helena and is made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. RLC stands for “rock, loam, clay.” Aged 20 months in 60% new French oak, it has a deep garnet-purple color and gives up bold expressions of baked blackcurrants, black cherry cordial and chocolate box with touches of licorice, candied violets and cedar chest. Medium to full-bodied, firm and finely grained, the palate soars with loads of bright, crunchy fruit, finishing long and layered. 460 cases produced.”