'The profile of any Mr. Perfect or Prince Charming: deep, dark and suave with a dash of mystery and adventure that proves more of a siren song than a serenade-- plush currant and dark berried fruit, full and rich, call from beneath an oil slick of oak and within an unrelenting structure, each pass through forcing you downwards, drawing you deeper as you desperately claw for those tidbits of treasure only to discover they are anything but approachable. Instead you're caught in its strength, stature, and structure-- a roundabout of allure and superficial satisfaction.'
Vin-story: St Clement went through multiple hands over the years, one of which was Charles Krug, but as of now is owned by Beringer Blass Wine Estates, through the Foster's Group in Australia. The Rosenbaum House built in 1878 by Fritz Rosenbaum, a manufacturer and importer of fine mirrors and glass of the Gilded Age, made Zinfandel and Riesling in the cellar. In 1976 William Casey bought the house and dubbed it St Clement and went on to built a 10,000 case stone winery behind it; Casey's ancestors helped found the state of Maryland. This St. Clement Vineyards is made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes of St Clement are sourced from half of Napa Valley's 33 different soil series and 100 different soil variations from within Diamond Mountain, Howell Mountain, Mount Veeder, Rutherford and Spring Mountain (Abbott , Armstrong , Bacigalupi , Bale Lane , Ballard , Gamble Ranch , Progeny , Star , Steinhauer, Tournahu, and Verhey Vineyards). St. Helena is located in the northern end of Napa Valley between Vaca and the Mayacamas Mountains; the northern end is composed mainly of volcanic lava and ash, wile the southern end consists of sedimentary deposits from the earlier advances and retreats of the San Pablo Bay. Of the thirteen wines produced, only five are distributed.
Winemaker: Danielle Cyrot - graduate of U.C. Davis in Enology and Viticulture, she traveled to Alsace and South Australia to study winemaking abroad and returning to Napa Valley to join the Stags' Leap Winery. In 2003, she was made assistant winemaker and then in 2005 she was offered a position as winemaker at St Clement. Danielle's great-grandfather was the last tow own the Cyrot vineyard in Burgundy's Cote de Beaune: it was donated after WW1 to the Hospices de Beaune and there is still a Cyrot cuvee sold at a charity auction each year.