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Vineyard: Crowley Vineyards is located at the top of Spring Mountain, 2,000-feet above St.

Helena, in Napa Valley. The soil on the top of this part of the Mayacamas Mountains is a

rich, rusty red volcanic Aiken loam – rocky, well-drained, with broad sloping saddle. Early

mornings are cool and clear overlooking the fog that settles in the valley floor. This weather

pattern creates days that are about 10 degrees cooler than the valley floor with warm

evenings, and cold nights. This unique combination of climate, soil, and the highest rainfall

in Napa Valley, create a unique terroir that is reflected in the lush, intense flavors, fine

structure, and softer tannins produced from the small berries, loose clusters, and low yields

of this mountain fruit.

Biodynamic Farming: Joan Crowley prepared the soil using biodynamic principles – a system of

farming that follows a sustainable, holistic approach which uses only organic, locally-sourced

materials for fertilizing and soil conditioning. She then planted 12 acres of 110R and 1103

Paulson rootstock and used French Entav clones of 337, 338, and 15 Cabernet Sauvignon, and

a small amount of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot clones. The vineyard continues to be farmed

biodynamically according to Rudolph Steiner’s teachings.

Vintage: 2017 The year began with abundant rainfall, followed by a mild Spring resulting in extended

flowering with little shatter. A Labor Day weekend heatwave kicked harvest into high gear, then

cool weather allowed sugar levels to return to normal. By October 8 nearly 90 percent of the 2017

grape tonnage was in, including the Crowley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc,

when warm, fierce winds fueled an unprecedented firestorm. Fortunately The Crowley fruit was

safely fermenting in tank at that time.

Wine 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc: This Cabernet displays wild mountain

blueberry, boysenberry and black raspberry with exotic plum fruits and a gorgeous, plush texture

framed by attractive floral notes, exhibiting finesse, complexity of flavor and elegance.

Crowley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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