Brown Estate Zinfandel, Napa Valley, California, 2017
Overview of the WineIn 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.
Grape / Blend100% Estate Grown Zinfandel
OriginNapa Valley, California
Winemaker's Tasting NotesGarnet/magenta core with scarlet rim. Climbing rose, musk, myrrh, fresh English lavender, citrus, sweet clove, dark black fruits, Asian apple, hibiscus, candied apple, apricot taffy, morning garden, forest bramble on the nose. Full-bodied, ripe, gentle tannins.
91 Points - Connoisseurs Guide
"A full and luscious wine whose outgoing youthful fruit is mated with creamy oak and an attractive spicy note in its aromas, this one is both supple and lively on the palate from entry to finish. It charms now with exuberant rich, ripe berry flavors and a nice bit of early polish on the palate. Even though its tannins are not all that pushy, it does have the depth to hold up quite nicely in bottle. Despite its temptations for early drinking, its best does lie sometime in the future."
Product size: 750ml