Overview of the Wine
In 1980, the family acquired land in the hills east of Rutherford in the Napa Valley. They were farmers first, and farmers they remain. In 1995 they decided on the strength of the fruit to make wine under their own label. The following year the family produced the first vintage of zinfandel, and along the way we have added cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, petite sirah, and the occasional dessert wine.
In 2010 the Brown family celebrated thirty years in the Napa Valley and Brown Estate's fifteenth crush. Over the years the farming philosophy has not changed: Our fifty acres of vineyards are planted amidst 450 acres of roughneck wilderness that they strive to tend rather than tame – from the occasional inconvenient honeybee hive in the winery to the prickly star thistles in the vineyards that are a part of their ecosystem.
Aging: 0 months in 30% new oak, 50/50 French/American
Production: 2100 cases in 12 x 750ml format; 400 cases in 6 x 1.5L format
"Historically our flagship Napa Valley Zinfandel has been comprised entirely of Brown Estate fruit. The 2018 vintage brings Howell Mountain and Calistoga into the blend, giving this wine a wider range in terms of its nominal footprint — i.e., representative of Napa Valley Zinfandel beyond the confines of Brown Estate, and with benefit of David’s 20+ years working with this singular varietal."
Grape / Blend
Napa Valley, CA
Vineyard Source: Brown Estate, Howell Mountain, Calistoga
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Eye: Garnet core, pink rose rim.
Nose: Hibiscus leaves, potpourri, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, clove-studded mandarin orange, graphite, pine needles, lichen, bay laurel.
Palate: Luxurious with a seamless balance of fruit and acid.
Product size: 750ml