2007 Duppy Conqueror “Port”-style Dessert Wine

  • 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. Technically a port-style wine with all of the opulence, structure, and grandeur of the cabernet grape, this is pure pleasure in a bottle. Drink now and forever more.

  • Specs
    • Composition
      Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon fortified with Estate Grown Zinfandel Brandy
    • Vineyard Source
      Cabernet Sauvignon: Brown Estate – Terraces Block
      Brandy: Brown Estate – Mickey's Block (2002)
    • Appellation
      Napa Valley
    • Barrel Aging
      30 months in 100% seasoned French oak
    • Alcohol
      19.5% by vol.
    • Production
      425 cases in 12 x 375ml
  • Background

    What now seems like many moons ago, BE winegrower Dave Brown and his buddy Marko Karakasevic of Charbay Vodka fame would trek through the woods above our vineyards hunting wild boar and other creatures of the wine country forest. In those days the winery house freezer was always full of game, and the night air filled with the firey, smokey smell of meat roasting over a makeshift fire pit. Dave and Marko's adventuresome friendship is captured here in our cabernet sauvignon, fortified with a superb brandy distilled from our zinfandel grapes by none other than Marko himself. Aged for six years in French oak barrels, the brandy is a revelation all its own, and with each tasting this wine continues to blow us away. 

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