Situated at the narrowest part of the Napa Valley hourglass, where the morning fog first begins to lift, the Crocker Vineyard has a rich historical legacy. James Dowdell planted grapes here in the early 1870s, and operated Dowdell & Sons Winery until Prohibition. His stately stone winery building still stands a few hundred yards from the vineyard block. Charlie Crocker (the great-grandson of Charles Crocker, one of the Big Four) purchased the old estate in the early 1970s, committed to restoring and preserving this agricultural heritage.
Today, Crocker’s wine business partner Pam Starr manages the organic farming of the vineyard. Vines from Block 23 are dry-farmed, and tended sustainably throughout the year. The fruit shows an incredible roundness—lush with fruit, white flowers, and aromatic tea leaves.
|Soil Types||Bale series clay loam|
|Clones||“farmer’s select” (likely Clone 1)|
|Average Vine Age||25+ years|