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Sean McBride
 
October 13, 2020 | Sean McBride

Harvest Update 2020

Dear Friends,

We hope this letter finds you and your friends and family doing well. Perhaps it goes without saying – it’s been a crazy vintage!

If time is short, here's the release in a nutshell:

  • Life is good ... but we miss you in the winery! Schedule a tasting here.
  • We purchased a vineyard in Carneros and are transitioning to 100% estate fruit.
  • We have a new website for our Pinot Noir wines, www.seanwmcbride.com
  • The New Release: Members receive a six-bottle wood box of Crosby's Reserve 2017 the last week of October, $360 (shipping included)
  • All wines are carbon neutral
  • Each membership plants 10 trees in California
  • Collectors (12 bottles+) also adopt an African Elephant
  • Spread The Word.


Here in Napa, we have so much to be grateful for. We have been spared the worst of the fires this year, and the past week has seen clear blue skies and mild fall weather, but let us start with you, our dear friends who have been on this winemaking journey with us for the past … oh, let’s just call it the past decade – we could not do this without you and are so grateful for your continued support. If you would like to stop by the winery for a tasting, check our schedule here or email the winery.

The News from Napa Valley.
First, we are so excited and thrilled to be making an estate wine this year from a vineyard we purchased in Los Carneros, Napa Valley. This Sauvignon Blanc is tasting so deliciously already we cannot wait to share it with you – but that will have to be in the Spring Release!
 
And despite the difficult growing conditions this year, we are making lots of rosé and red wine, and our first sparkling wine. We pressed Old Saint George into rosé for a sparkling wine, and also pressed a portion of Gremlin Vineyard into a light bodied rosé for everyday drinking. 2020 will also see single vineyard designate Pinot Noirs from The China Block and Gremlin Vineyard. We are also producing a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon from two vineyards we have worked with for a long time, and fermentations are nearly complete – fingers crossed!

The New Website.
As Crosby Roamann begins the transition to 100% estate fruit, we have also taken the next big step in expanding and differentiating our set of single vineyard wines under the Sean W. McBride label. Going forward, you will find all the new Pinot Noir wines at our new website -- www.seanwmcbride.com. Please check it out! Members with existing Pinot Noir Memberships will transition to the new site by the end of the year. We will be sending more news and information about this process as we go.

The New Releases.
This season, we are offering Premier Members our six-bottle wood boxes of 2017 Crosby’s Reserve Cabernet SauvignonNapa Valley, shipping included, at $360/box (regular price $540). Premier Members may also purchase additional bottles of our current releases at a 10% discount. Collectors will receive a six-bottle wood box of 2017 Crosby’s Reserve Cabernet SauvignonNapa Valley plus three bottles of 2017 Merlot and three bottles of 2018 Chardonnay.

Find the new wines here.
 
All boxes will ship the last week of October, weather permitting.

Giving Back.
Every Member Plants Ten Trees In California – In response to this year’s fire season and the state of California’s natural forests, this year the purchase of each Membership box will plant ten trees in California. It’s our goal to plant 2500 trees before the end of the year.
 
Collectors and Additional Purchases Adopt An African Elephant – Working in concert with the World Wildlife Foundation, this year Collector Members and Members who purchase an additional six bottles of new releases will also see a portion of their purchase price placed towards the adoption of an African Elephant at https://www.worldwildlife.org. It is our goal to adopt a herd of African Elephants by the end of the year – that’s 100 Elephants! You can help by purchasing a Membership here.
 
We are Carbon Neutral – And last but certainly not least, rest assured that your purchase of Crosby Roamann wines is a net-zero carbon transaction. By working with www.cooleffect.org, we have paid to offset our carbon footprint 100% -- including all energy, production, and shipping. All the wines in this year’s release were produced and shipped Carbon Neutral by purchasing winery carbon off-sets through cooleffect.org, so you can feel good about your purchase.

Spread The Word.
Perhaps you like the idea of planting a tree with every bottle of Crosby Roamann wine? Perhaps you enjoy the idea of adopting a herd of African Elephants as a part of your membership in our winery? And perhaps you have a friend or loved one whom you think might benefit from enjoying the same privileges of Membership that you do? If that’s the case, then forward our missive along! Most of our Members arrive at us by word of mouth, so if you know someone who you think may enjoy saving the planet and enjoying some great wine along the way, then please forward our email along.

With all our hearts,
Juliana & Sean 

Time Posted: Oct 13, 2020 at 7:48 AM
Sean McBride
 
April 6, 2020 | Sean McBride

Rosé All Day

As the weeks stretch on in these crazy times, we hope that you are staying healthy.  Each week this month we will be offering something special, because in the absence of connecting with you in person, we hope we can connect in other ways.   

As the days are getting longer and slightly warmer, and most of us are at home waiting for 5pm, we can't think of a better time to release our new 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir. This Rosé is that most magical, effortless of wines...crisp, light, deceptively easy-seeming on the surface, brooding just beneath and bursting with flavors of strawberry, apricot, citrus and clove, pairing with just about anything or nothing at all.  No need to wait until 5pm. Enjoy a glass at lunch, or at 3pm on its own just because.  

We are offering our 2018 Rosé of Pinot for just $18/bottle (normally $21) for this release week only, because we all need a little of that summertime feeling in a glass. Produced from Pinot Noir from the Gremlin Vineyard in Sonoma, we made just 90 cases (4 barrels).  

We also still have a little of our screamingly delicious 2017 Rosé left at the winery.  We are offering this until it's gone at $15/bottle.  (6 bottle minimum orders for shipping apply).  10% discount applies on all 12 bottle orders.  

Stay healthy and happy!

 

Time Posted: Apr 6, 2020 at 11:50 AM
Sean McBride
 
February 26, 2020 | Sean McBride

Crosby Roamann Declassified 2020

Hello from Napa Valley! It is a gorgeous, extended winter here in the north bay. The mornings are still cool and occasionally overcast, but the sun is shining almost every day and the afternoons are distinctly warm. 
 
This time of year, we have the privilege of introducing you to our new wines – so many new wines! And see below for news on Crosby Roamann Declassified– our annual OPEN HOUSE on March 21st, 11-4 – we will be planting a tree for every bottle sold this year – read more below!
 
Crosby Roamann New Releases
 
2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley. Whole-cluster pressed and fermented on native yeast. Aged for six months in one-third new French oak, the balance stainless steel, with three final months all in stainless steel prior to a light pad-filtration and bottling by hand at the winery. Six barrels, 115 cases produced. $24; Members only.
 
2017 Merlot, Napa Valley. Fully-destemmed to stainless steel. Fermented on native yeast thirty-two days prior to pressing in our old, hand-crank basket press. Aged in one-third new French oak for twenty-two months, and bottled by hand at the winery with neither fining nor filtration. Two barrels; 51 cases produced. $45; Members only.
 
Produced & Bottled by Sean W. McBride New Releases
 
The newest wine in our repertoire, 2017 Annie’s Pinot Noir, a blend of Gremlin Vineyard, Los Carneros, Sonoma County (60%) and The China Block, Filigreen Farm, Anderson Valley (40%). Both lots fermented on native yeast fourteen days; we pressed by hand, and the wine aged twenty-four months in a mix of stainless steel and neutral French oak. Neither fined nor filtered, we bottled by hand at the winery. Five and a half barrels; 131 cases produced. $32; Members only.
 
We are also very happy to announce the first of our 2018 single vineyard Pinot Noirs – 2018 Jewel of Skyland, Santa Cruz Mountains, Pinot Noir.  This one-acre, dry-farmed vineyard in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains is planted to three different clones of Pinot Noir, creating a rich, layered, and balanced wine. We fermented the fruit in open top containers on native yeasts for fourteen days and pressed by hand. The wine aged for twelve months in 25% new French oak. $35; Members only.
 
2018 The China Block, Filigreen Farm, Anderson Valley, Pinot Noir. 100% Biodynamic fruit from the south block of Filigreen Farm, fermented on native yeast fourteen days, pressed entirely by hand, aged in one-half new French oak twelve months, prior to bottling by hand at the winery unfined and unfiltered. Four and a half barrels; 110 cases produced. $38; Members only.


Crosby Roamann Declassified – March 21st, 2020
 
It’s that time of year again when we open the winery for Spring Cleaning. We will have an extremely limited number of wines starting at $24/case. Additionally, a small number of hand-signed art labels will be available. This is a ONE-DAY ONLY EVENT – while supplies last. This year we will plant a tree for every bottle you buy. Buy a case, plant twelve trees, save the planet on a Saturday. 
 
11am-12pm Members only
12-4pm Doors open
Event closes at FOUR PM.

 
We will have wines to taste, as well as some small bites. Please RSVP if you know you will be joining us. Groups of ten or more must make a reservation!
 
Stay Connected
 
We are on the road a lot this time of year, visiting New York, Illinois, Colorado, and Texas. Watch out for new events by following us online @crosbyroamann and @seanwmcbride

Time Posted: Feb 26, 2020 at 2:33 PM
Sean McBride
 
April 11, 2019 | Sean McBride

Spring Fever!

Spring has arrived! These early spring days have been rainy and cool but the growing season has officially started in Napa Valley. There has been an extraordinary amount of rain in Northern California this year -- the vineyards are thriving with mustard and wildflowers, the hills are a vibrant green, and flowering trees are awash in white and pink blooms. It's a beautiful time to visit Napa Valley, so make an appointment with us here and come taste our nascent 2018 vintage from barrel.

2017 Sauvignon Blanc:

 

We're pleased to share one of our newest releases, and it just smells and tastes like spring. Our 2017 Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc, featured below, will get you ready for the warmer months ahead. 

With a translucent, pale gold color, this single vineyard wine from the Rutherford Bench fermented in a combination of new and once-used French oak barrels and stainless steel; it aged eight months in oak. Softly integrated flavors of acacia, hyacinth, lemon, and vanilla bean emerge from the glass. On the palate the wine is full, striking but taut. We love the balance that we find in Sauvignon Blanc from this part of the valley: full and ripe flavors of peach with clean crisp citrus on the finish.

120 cases produced.

Join the Inner Circle: 

The Inner Circle includes two levels of membership, our Premier and Collector wine clubs, both with exclusive access to our limited production, high-quality Crosby Roamann and Sean W. McBride wines.

The Inner Circle membership is a one-year commitment to biannual club releases in the spring and fall. In addition to receiving access to our new releases and limited-production wines, each club level enjoys complimentary tastings at our Crusher District winery in Napa, an annual member gift and invitations to Inner Circle dinners and events.

We hope to see you soon here in Napa!

Juliana & Sean

Time Posted: Apr 11, 2019 at 9:15 AM
Sean McBride
 
March 5, 2019 | Sean McBride

Spring Fling

We can hardly believe it but Spring really and truly is just around the corner.  And that means two things for us here at Crosby Roamann.  First, it's time for our members to receive their first shipment of the year, and we're pretty excited about what will be in those boxes ...

  • 2015 Merlot, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
  • 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford, Napa Valley
  • 2017 Pinot Noir "Kim Giles Vineyard" Napa Valley
  • 2017 Pinot Noir "Gremlin Vineyard" Los Carneros, Sonoma

You can find tasting notes, sign up for our shipment and book tastings online at http://www.crosbyroamann.com/membership All members receive special pricing, tours and tastings, special gifts and swag throughout the year. Stay connected with us at @crosbyroamann

Second, we believe in spring cleaning, so on the first Saturday of Spring we'll be hosting an event in the tasting room called Crosby Roamann Declassified to blow out all the odds and ends that never make it to store shelves or restaurant wine lists. These are the little wines that we produce in the micro-est of micro-productions.  Boxes start at $40, and if it's anything like last year, we recommend you get here early.
 

  • Doors open for members at 11am.
  • High Noon For Everyone Else.
  • Members of the trade -- contact us to reserve a box!


Finally, thank you to everyone who joined us at our Crosby Roamance Rosé release party in February!  We had a blast hosting our first evening in the cellar. You can find photos of the evening here.

Hope to see you Saturday, March 23rd!  Cheers,  Juliana & Sean


Crosby Roamann Declassified

Saturday, March 23.  12-4pm
Members-only preview 11am-12pm
45 Enterprise Court #6, Napa, CA 94558

Come and join us at the winery on the first Saturday of Spring for the opportunity to purchase library wines and mixed assorted cases starting at $40. We'll have a few bottles open to sip and preview as well as snacks. The record player will be spinning.  Come and help us spark joy in cleaning house and take home a few special bottles.  RSVP's welcome.  

We're so excited for the new releases of 2019! Members will be receiving two Crosby Roamann wines, and two Sean W. McBride wines (varying by level and type of membership).  The new wines included are the 2015 Oak Knoll District Merlot, the 2017 Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc, and the 2017 Kim Giles Vineyard Pinot Noir, and the 2017 Gremlin Vineyard Pinot Noir. Tasting and production notes will be included in each box with the wines, and as a reminder, members always have the opportunity to order more with privileged pricing.  


Members, please remember to check your email for shipping and tracking information, and if you have any specific changes to make you can always log into your member profile or  send us an email if you have any issues or would like us to make changes for you.
 

The Inner Circle membership is a one-year commitment to biannual club releases in the spring and fall. In addition to receiving access to our new releases and limited-production wines, each club level enjoys complimentary tastings at our Crusher District winery in Napa, an annual member gift and invitations to Inner Circle dinners and events.

Time Posted: Mar 5, 2019 at 10:05 AM
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