Vintner's Press Report
Here in Northern California, the trees have started flowering and we’ve had more rain than we’ve seen in years. The sun is brilliant, the sky an eggshell blue and the Kelly-green rolling hills look filtered they’re so bright, especially against the mustard and wildflowers that grow between the vines. You guys, there are baby lambs….EVERYWHERE. A deep feeling of happiness sits in the base of my being, along with a lightness in my head, a giddiness in my limbs. While we are still technically in winter until March 21, it really truly feels like Spring.
We must celebrate. We must take advantage of everything there is on offer at our local markets to eat. We must take a few moments each day to feel the sun on our skin and let the warmth penetrate.
And because it’s Spring, we’re going to throw a dinner party in its honor. Here at the winery, with the amazing Sarah Pinkin. Thursday, March 23rd 5:30pm. Let us know if you want to join. It’s going to be a Spring-themed menu of course, paired with some old and new wines, and a few surprises, as always.
And of course we want to offer you a taste of Spring to have all on your very own. Just in case it rains (or snows) again and you want to remember that warmth on your skin. Or if you just need desperately for Spring to arrive ASAP. It’s Spring in a bottle.
This wine is not available in our store for sale, and will only be available here for a short time. It has been sort of a special wine that we’ve served in the tasting room, or to our members. And like most of our wines, we made less than a hundred cases of it. It tastes incredible….there is citrus, there is apricot, there is a minerality and acidity to hold it all up. It is Sauvignon Blanc from St. Helena, but a special fruit selection. The grapes were just a little bit riper, but not too sweet. After all, we’re not talking summer (yet).
The first time we made Pinot Noir in 2013 was on a dare. It turned out so well, we couldn’t resist the urge to make it again; it has since become something of an obsession. As in 2016 when we offered our Pinot Noir for the first time over Valentine’s Day, we are now releasing our 2014 just in time for that most lovable of holidays, which means that, once again, it’s time to add a little Crosby Roamance to your life.
This Valentine’s Day, receive two bottles of Pinot Noir, a two-chocolate truffle box from Kollar Chocolates, and a blank, handcrafted valentine for your special someone. Order by February 4. Shipping included. Valentine’s Day Special: Price: $90.00
The 2014 Pinot Noir is a single vineyard wine from Carneros, on gently sloping hills in southern Napa Valley overlooking San Pablo Bay. Fermented on indigenous yeasts and aged twenty months in one-quarter new French oak barrels, the rest one and two years old. Light and elegant in structure, with tangy notes of orange blossoms, cloves, and brine. This wine is very tactile on the palate, earthy … the overall impression is of cranberry-lime and gingersnap cookies, with a surprisingly long and tactile finish. Four barrels produced, just 100 cases.
Members of the inner circle receive special pricing ($80.00) and can add their Valentine’s Day Special by contacting Juliana@crosbyroamann.com.
It’s been a wonderful year. While we are still settling into the routine of life and work at our new facility in the Crusher Wine District, the wines we are producing this year are probably the best we have ever made. I think they are the purest wines we have ever made … Especially the small lots of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, made with the most dedication and skill.
We completed the final phase of the warehouse renovation, and while that has been a benchmark it’s left us feeling a little like it’s not the end – “There will always be something….” But we’re very excited with our slightly new look. If you thought it looked cool before, you’ll love the improvements we’ve made.
We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone that has visited the winery. Having you all come and enjoy the wines with us is ultimately the reason we do this. Which is also why we are throwing one more little shin-dig this weekend.
Holiday Party: Saturday 3 – 6 A Family Friendly Event
Come join us this Saturday for our last event of the year! We are partnering with CHEVOO and featuring their one-of-a-kind artisan goat cheese – a unique combination of hand-blended chèvre immersed in an olive oil infusion. Bring the kids: we’ll have the grill going too, or don’t: You can stop by for a glass of wine and then head to dinner with that special someone! RSVP here.
Membership for 2017
We know people say this all the time. We know you’re used to hearing it. And it is perhaps the only time of the year we’ll say this to you. But if you were ever going to do it, this would be the time. Joining as a Member now locks in 2016 pricing. We will also continue to honor pricing for Members who joined prior to 2016.
Our shipping schedule will also be changing in 2017. California residents and collectors will continue to receive wines upon release, every other month. Everyone else will receive two shipments per year, in the spring and the fall.
New year. New wines *
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
2014 Pinot Noir
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Crosby’s Reserve
With love and best wishes for the holidays,
Juliana & Sean
* Schedule subject to change. Includes optional one-month Member’s pick or library wine substitute. Shipping and two tastings included, plus the annual Member’s gift.
81 days since the first day of harvest 2016! The madness of it! 81 days! So much has happened and so much has changed in just so short a period of time and such a long one. It’s funny how it can seem like forever ago and always seem like no time has passed at all.
A brief recap on harvest – Our 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Reserve Blanc are racked and topped. The Chardonnay is still very slowly percolating through secondary fermentation, and we are stirring it occasionally. The Beck Vineyard field-blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and our four lots of Pinot Noir – Napa, Sonoma, and two lots of Anderson Valley — are slowly completing malolactic fermentation as well, and the small lot of Harmony School Cabernet that fermented in bin and barrel is just starting.
And, we have just completed the tasting room renovation. The lights and ceiling were replaced and we will be open for tastings again following Thanksgiving break. It’s a project that we have been planning for a while … When we first bought our warehouse in 2014, it was a shell, just four concrete walls and a plywood roof: no insulation, no ceiling, no lighting or electricity and no plumbing. The first phase of renovation involved finishing the space and occupying it. During phase two we applied for, received and installed the winery permit and plumbing. Phase three, which we have just completed, involved renovating the tasting room, and it looks amazing. Please come see it – Schedule a winery tour and tasting here!
It’s been ten years that we’ve been slowly building this thing called Crosby Roamann. Ten years! What more is there to say? It still feels as fresh and new, as exciting and different as it ever did, and yet it’s also starting to feel like something different, like something we have grown into, like something we have become: No longer a mask, but a reflection … And not a reflection, because this thing, this winery, these wines, this life, it isn’t a reflection at all, but a choice, a continuing affirmation, a continuing struggle, a cycle, an art. A portrait, and each time we return to it, each time we re-engage, we bring something new to the table, something from our other lives, something from our night-selves, something from our dreams.
We are not only the person we are, the child we were, the person we have become, but the person we desire to be. We are not only the reflection in the mirror, the physical, the actual, but also the potential, the imaginary. We must hold these two thoughts in our mind: Not only the possible, but also the impossible.
The castles of our future are paved with the bricks of our dreams.
Join us for our Holiday Wine Celebration (and dance party for those who stay late) — Saturday, December 17, 2016. Details still to come, but we will have good food, great wines (as always) and dance music on the turntable. RSVP here and save the date!
We are closing out this year’s Inner Circle shipments with a blast-from-the-past: 2011 Crosby’s Reserve. This wine, a rich and succulent blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot aged in all new French oak for 22 months, has never tasted better. It has shed its youthful exuberance and grown into a sophisticated and stylish wine. Don’t miss it!
More news! Our Inner Circle membership shipping schedule will be changing in the new year. California residents and collectors (6-bottles+) can continue to receive wines upon release, every other month. Everyone else will receive two shipments per year, in the spring and the fall. Joining as a member now locks in your discounted pricing for the year. New pricing effective end of the year. Join now.
Happy Harvest and a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving to our friends and family.
With love from Napa Valley,
Juliana & Sean