Crocker & Starr Wines

2020 Sauvignon Blanc
St. Helena

2022 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 26 | Lot No. 21
Vintage: 2020

Crocker & Starr Wines

Sauvignon Blanc
St. Helena

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Your wine is crafted from our oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines located on the eastern side of our St. Helena estate
  • Block 23 is dry farmed and was planted perfectly to match the heavy clay soil
  • Aging sur lie for 20 months in a single oak barrel and stirred daily during fermentation
  • This wine has beautiful notes of citrus and stone fruit, with vibrant acidity and creamy texture

Description

One of the first Sauvignon Blancs to grace the Wine Spectator Top 100 list, Crocker & Starr’s estate Sauvignon Blanc has been the Napa Valley benchmark for this grape variety since its inception. Coming from Block 23, which has been dry farmed for decades, this wine is spending 20 months sur lie in a single barrel, enhancing the depth of flavors, creamy texture and beautiful aromas. This wine tells a story of a sense of place and why Sauvignon Blanc will always be considered royalty.


Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Wine was dry farmed
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
  • Wine is produced in a Napa Green winery

Evyn Cameron

Winemaker, Crocker & Starr Wines

Winemaker, Evyn Cameron

Evyn Cameron originally hails from Wyckoff, New Jersey and attended Boston University, where she played soccer and graduated with a degree from their school of Hospitality Administration.

Her career began in Manhattan, where she worked in the front of house for Thomas Keller’s Per Se, but she longed for a career in wine. In 2009, she followed her passion and moved to Napa to pursue winemaking. After working at various outstanding wineries in Napa and New Zealand, Evyn was hired as the Enologist at Cliff Lede Vineyards and after 4 years left to become the Assistant Winemaker at Anaba Wines in Carneros.

In 2017, after learning of the opportunity to work with highly respected winemaker Pam Starr, at Crocker & Starr, Evyn jumped at the chance. In 2019, Evyn was promoted to head Winemaker and the rest is history. She likes all Crocker & Starr wines for different reasons, adding, “This property is so versatile and that shows in each of our wines.”

When she’s not in the winery, Evyn enjoys tending to her large backyard garden, cooking, playing with her Springer Lab/Queensland Heeler mix Pepper, and exploring nature with her wife, Cari, and son, Crosby.

Country born: United States

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Pamela Starr

Winemaker, Crocker & Starr Wines

Winemaker, Pamela Starr

Pam Starr has been the co-owner, manager and winemaker of Crocker & Starr since its inception in 1997 when she helped resurrect the vineyards on the Crocker Estate in St. Helena and established a winery to create world-class wines. After toiling as a winery employee for 18 years, Pam???s transformation at a relatively young age into owner, manager and winemaker was unique and remarkable. It required a special mix of skill, passion and dedication. All of which describe Pam Starr.

Pam's love affair with winemaking began as a harvest intern for Sonoma Cutrer in Sonoma after graduating from the University of California at Davis in 1984 with a degree in Fermentation Science. Headed down a different path, the daughter of an orthopedic surgeon who was planning to go to dental school quickly switched gears. Attracted by the fast pace, the pleasures of working the land and the wine itself, Pam knew she???d found her calling. ???I was simply smitten ??? the way one is when falling madly in love. Winemaking is mysterious, it???s sexy, it???s magical.??? And it???s been her life since.

After the internship, Pam worked for Edna Valley Vineyard in San Luis Obispo stacking barrels for a season. Her dream of becoming a winemaker began to take shape. For the next six years she was an enologist and assistant winemaker for Carmenet Winery in Sonoma, a job that taught her how to run a winery from cellar to bottle. In 1991, she became the winemaker for Spottswoode Vineyard & Winery in Napa Valley where she worked until she and Charlie Crocker established Crocker & Starr and she built the foundation of the business. At the same time Crocker & Starr opened its doors, Pam began wine consulting for Adastra Vineyard in the Carneros, Gemstone Vineyard in Yountville and Garric Cellars of Calistoga, among others.

Passionate about translating terroir into wine, Pam is known for her distinctive Bordeauxstyle blends that express a deep sense of place. For this enthusiastic and inspired winemaker who views her job as translating soil into wine, great wine must taste of the sun, of the earth it comes from and of the place it grows.

Pam is a member of the Napa Valley Vintners, Appellation St. Helena, American Society of Enology and Viticulture, Concierge Alliance Napa Valley and Wine Entre Femme, an international consortium of women winemakers. She is married, lives in Napa and embraces mountain biking, scuba diving, water skiing, sailing, gardening and motorcycling wine roads with her husband. Pam???s dog Griffin, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, is her loyal vineyard companion.

Country born: USA

Education: Degree in Fermentation Science from the University of California at Davis in 1984

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
I am passionate about translating terroir into wine and creating blends that express a deep sense of place. I view my job as translating soil into wine. Great wine must taste of the sun and of the earth, where it comes from and of the place it grows. Winemaking is mysterious,it’s sexy, it’s magical.”


Q&A With the Winemaker

Q: What was your inspiration for this offering?

A: Lot Features: This wine is 100% estate grown and bottled. This is a single vineyard wine. This wine is sustainably produced. This wine is organically produced. This wine is unfiltered. This wine was dry farmed. Napa Green Land. Napa Green Winery.

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