2012 Brown Recluse

  • Tasting Notes

    This wine’s magnificent dark blue magenta core, crimson rim, and crystalline clarity signal its straightforward purity. Swirl your glass and behold a mesmerizing rose-colored cascade lingering like patterns in hand blown glass. Aroma of blue and black fruits presents without hesitation, followed immediately by festive winter spice and roasted herbs. Cabernet component expresses its dominance with boysenberries, blackberries, subtle tobacco, and forest floor after the rain. Time in the glass allows the zinfandel to overcome its uncharacteristic subtlety, giving up buoyant perfume of hibiscus, rose petals, lily, and black cherry followed by grenadine, effervescent citrus, and bay laurel. Mouthfeel is rich and decadent with full body and silky texture, rounded out with glycerine-like seamlessness that shadows finely integrated tannins. Decant and drink now or cellar through 2030+.

  • Specs
    • Composition
      80% Napa Valley Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
      20% Napa Valley Estate Grown Zinfandel
    • Brown Estate Vineyard Sources
      Cabernet Sauvignon: Brown Estate – Terraces Block
      Zinfandel: Brown Estate – Rosemary's Block
    • Barrel Aging
      24 months in 50% new oak, 100% French
    • Alcohol
      15% by vol.
    • Production
      200 cases in 12 x 750ml format
  • Background

    Like its namesake spider, we hope your encounter with this elusive wine will become the stuff of lore. So reads the back label on our Brown Recluse, a reserve blend of cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel inspired by the wine David created for our first appearance at the Auction Napa Valley barrel auction. We bottle it only when Mother Nature permits, and David dials in a new ratio for each new vintage based on the qualities these two heterogeneous varietals derive from the growing season.

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