Wine Dine and Play: Bridesmaid Wines

Bridesmaid Wines

The logo to Bridesmaid Wines based out of Saint Helena, California where they produce Bordeaux style blends

A Crocker & Starr Wine
Saint Helena, California, USA
Wine Style: New World / Bordeaux Blend Meritage
Average Price: $$
Overall Rating: 89 points
Article Written: July 2017
Article Updated: September 2019
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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    Château or Vineyard Owner:
    Pam Starr
    Winemaker Pam Starr of Bridesmaid Wines part of Crocker and Starr

    I first had the opportunity to taste the Bridesmaid Wines in 2011 through 2013 when I was part of the Napa Wine Company’s Cult Wine Central club, (now Ghost Block) where I received deliveries monthly to which Bridesmaid wines were occasionally included in the allocations. In 2013 when I visited Napa and the wine club, I learned more information about the wine, its owners, and gained a greater appreciation for this cult wine.

    Bridesmaid Wines are an impressive Bordeaux-style blend of wines from the Napa Valley, designed for wine lovers and collectors. The wine is very bold, alluring, and perfectly balanced like a Meritage should be. The owner of Bridesmaid also owns Crocker and Starr, another cult wine that I first tried through the Napa Wine Club. My first experience with Bridesmaid wines was their 2007 proprietary red, a very nice wine, that over time has become a hit with 1050 cases produced in 2014, as I’m sure they will continue to grow.

    A tasting of the Bordeaux blend cabernet wine by Bridesmaid Wines in St. Helena, California
    Bridesmaid Wines / Cabernet Tasting

    Wine and Grape:
    Nose (Bouquet):
    Palate Experience:
    Bridesmaid Appellation Napa Valley Cab Blend
    Winemaker Notes:  
    Intense inky plum color with a fuchsia rim, berry compote, and graphite aromas precede the silky entry of violets, blackberry, and Marionberry all perfectly balanced with a savory and spicy finish.

    Winemaker Notes:
    The broad tannins and fresh spicy fruit flavors are great right now and will cellar well over the next 15 years.

    Final notes, review basics, and observations:

    *** NOTE TO THE READER ***

    Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writer's knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about.
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    Overall Star Rating For Bridesmaid Wine:
    An Outstanding Tasting Experience
    Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
    Between 88 and 92 points depending on the wine
    Wines Produced by Bridemaid:
    Red: Meritage

    Grape Blends:
    Cabernet Franc 56%, Cabernet Sauvignon 28%, Merlot 15%, Petit Verdot 1%
    Barrel Types and Aging:
    60% New French oak, for 24 months

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    United States: 

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    Bottle Prices 
    (excluding taxes)
    $£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
    $£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
    $£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricey)
    $£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
    $£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)
    **Currencies reflect the world’s major wine countries and connoisseur’s** 

    Currency rates in the top wine-producing & wine purchasing countries:
    Price Chart :
    2012 (750 ml)

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    700 Dowdell Ln
    Saint Helena, California

    Tasting Room Information:

    Tasting room:
    +1 707-963-2705
    Tasting Room Hours:
    Pacific Standard Time (GMT, Zulu, or UTC-8:00)
    Monday - Sunday

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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    Accolades for 
    Bridesmaid Wines:

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