1100 CASES PRODUCED
TASTING NOTES: Our 2011 Chaos Theory is an epic tale of the blending of three magnificent varietals, and their willingness to sublimate their individual genius in service to the greater good, thus creating a masterpiece that embodies the best of each. Intense magenta core, punctuated with onyx and dazzling garnet rim, invites the eye to delve into seemingly endless visual depth. Bouquet is rich and plush with ripe sun-drenched blackberries, black cherries, and fresh cream with sugar frosted meringue-topped citrus tart, sprinkled with candied lilac petals. Venture deeper and discover earthy notes of sweet soil and dark Venezuelan chocolate with cedar, bay laurel, and residual pipe tobacco. Irresistible lush, layered mouthfeel unfurls stunning expression on the palate. Drink now through 2025.
300 CASES PRODUCED
TASTING NOTES: Gemstone-clear as a canary yellow diamond, our 2011 Chardonnay sparkles in the glass and dazzles the eye. Even more stunning is the nose, a departure from previous vintages in that the usual tropical fruit notes are underpinned by dreamy notes of buttercream and nut, with subtle spice and brine reminiscent of a luscious double scoop of pralines and cream in a waffle cone. These characteristics impart an old world quality to a lingering overtone of vanilla cream, followed through with hints of tropical pineapple, guava, and lemon meringue that give way to vibrant lemongrass and bergamot tinged with menthol and misty yarrow. Decadent mouthfeel is round, full, and plush with a lively reverberation that only hints at the latent potential of a sublime palate that is sure to be enhanced by time in the glass. Drink now through 2025.
400 CASES PRODUCED
TASTING NOTES: Our 2011 Westside Zinfandel is a sultry starlet in the making, its gorgeous garnet core and crimson rim aptly signaling that pure magic awaits. Hallmark characteristics of wild strawberries in the field and dried hibiscus and rose petal potpourri lead to black cherry cola with spicy cloves intertwined with layers of rich heavy cream, brown sugar, and candied citrus. Further investigation reveals delicate notes of cedar, flint, and smoke. In contrast to previous vintages this wine is slightly deeper in color and intensity, yet there is a subtle vulnerability that belies the nose – present only on the palate, it delivers luxurious silky texture, seamless integration, and gentle, supple tannins. Drink now through 2023.
700 CASES PRODUCED
TASTING NOTES: Deep, dark, and intensely brooding, our 2011 Mickey’s Block zin yearns to be understood. Its trademark “yang” characteristics of black and blue fruits provide enticing undertones to buoyant floral notes of purple bearded iris, tuberose, lavender, and mandarin, leading to chamomile, a touch of allspice, and a persistent allusion to smoky burlap-wrapped, clove-studded whole pig over open flame, complete with smoldering embers and damp earth. This evocative note further surprises by summoning forth a hint of orange Creamsicle that enhances the silky taffeta mouthfeel. Full and seamless integration of lush juicy fruit, subtle spice, wood-fired game, corseted structure, and silky sweet tannins. Sublime decadence on the palate. Drink now through 2017.
700 CASES PRODUCED
TASTING NOTES: Gemstone clarity beguiles the eye with translucent ruby core and delicate rose-colored rim, inviting the nose to come hither. Essentially the “yin” to Mickey’s “yang,” our 2011 Rosemary’s departs from the new world "wow" factor of 2010 by evoking a Côte de Nuits with a gorgeous under layer of red fruit. Classic elegant floral notes billow from the glass, beginning with exotic hibiscus blossom, sweet gardenia, blooming freesia, and black tea, and leading to spicy notes of freshly grated ginger, cloves, and subtle eucalyptus, then a whisper of savory thyme. Opens to further reveal creamy/tart lemon meringue and cherries jubilee. Ethereal with an air of mystery, this new vintage of Rosemary’s slowly reveals its majesty before unleashing its power in stages like a loving but controlling narrator of its own story. This highly nuanced wine will keep you guessing as you luxuriate in its company. Drink now through 2022.
400 CASES PRODUCED
TASTING NOTES: Our 2009 Recluse Zinfandel represents the ultimate in understated elegance. This wine is a true storyteller, its bouquet filling the glass and spilling over into the room with profuse notes of rambling rose, black tea with hibiscus, candied citrus rind, and anise, all portents of wonders to come. Remarkably supple mouthfeel with a creamy texture that is long and deep on the palate, revealing blackberry/cherry compote as a backdrop to dark chocolate, affogatto, cinnamon, grated nutmeg, and Asian spice. Adding a veritable third dimension are underpinnings of pipe tobacco, loam, and exotic bay laurel. This wine represents a case study in the remarkably malleable nature of zinfandel and its capacity to respond to lavish attention. Drink now through 2025.
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TASTING NOTES: Visually alluring with a dark garnet core and soft ruby rim, this wine embodies gemstone clarity. A swirl of the glass unleashes hallmark aromas that are imprinted in each vintage of our Napa Valley Zinfandel. Hibiscus blossom, Asian apple, rose petals, and lily lead to ripe wild cherries, kumquat preserves, star anise, cedar, and an enticing touch of game that ebbs and flows on the nose. Cascades of exotic spice follow, leading with allspice, clove, cinnamon, and cardamom, then Madagascar vanilla and subtle tobacco. This wine is expansive and broad with a silky, creamy mouthfeel that is interwoven seamlessly with mandarin-like zestiness that lingers on the palate. From lamb burgers and sausages on the grill to smoked trout and caviar to classic roast chicken or truffle mac and cheese, behold the black cashmere sweater of wines! Always appropriate, goes with everything. Drink now through 2020.
450 CASES PRODUCED
THE MESSAGE: This 2010 vintage represents the 15th bottling of our flagship Napa Valley Zinfandel, the wine that launched our Brown Estate label, and with it an out-of-bounds dream. For sixteen years—inspired by your enthusiasm—we have stayed the course, quietly producing premium estate grown wines and transforming our “little winery that could” into an established Napa Valley brand. As we turn this corner and begin heading toward our next milestone, we again take stock of where we have come from and where we are going. It has been and continues to be an extraordinary adventure. Out here in the woods, far off the beaten path, we have built our very own wine oasis. And to every intrepid wine enthusiast we meet—from eager newby to seasoned connoisseur—we profess our golden rule: “Wine should not be stressful.” May this bottle of our pride and joy bring you and yours a magical evening and many cherished memories. Salud!
425 cases produced
TASTING NOTES: Gorgeous deep dark ruby core with translucent garnet rim. What lies beneath this seductive visual is an exuberant aroma beginning with creme de cassis, espresso and Venezuelan dark chocolate. Tobacco and flint lead to dark currant, ripe blackberry and Affogato topped with heavy cream. The nose continues to entice with a gorgeous cascade of holiday spice, further revealing allspice, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla rounded out by whipped butter and sugar. Layered, structural, ripe, succulent and deep, with a long and lingering finish. This wine is purity in a bottle. Drink now, and forever more.
175 cases produced
LONG STORY SHORT: Nose of ripe white peach, nectarine, apricot, garden fresh herbs, subtle savory sage and thyme, hint of leather, crème anglaise on cobbler with allspice and cinnamon. Mouthfeel is lightweight with a lingering finish. Drink now.
400 cases produced
LONG STORY SHORT: Nose of lemongrass/mint, pineapple with lychee, tea leaves, brine/ mineral, honeysuckle, sun-dried white flowers, and subtle eucalyptus. Mouthfeel is medium weight, round and full on the palate, with a slightly zesty finish. Drink now.