2014 Chiles Valley Zin

  • Tasting Notes

    Across the board our 2014 Zinfandels are characterized by maximal color and flavor extraction, making this a vintage for the ages. In the glass the 2014 Chiles Valley Zin is crystal clear with a black rose core and electric garnet rim. Nose is a pleasing burst of cherry Jolly Rancher and caramel-coated apple, with secondary notes of smokey herb encrusted Bucheron, pipe tobacco, saddle, and damp earth overlaying a familiar bouquet of English rose and hibiscus flower, exotic spice, cardamom, sorrel, and pimento. Luscious mouthfeel lingers amidst a finish of baked plantain, cocoa, and a flourish of pepper. Drink now through 2030.

  • Specs
    • Composition
      100% Estate Grown Zinfandel
    • Appellation
      Napa Valley
    • Vineyard Source
      Brown Estate — Chiles Valley Block
    • Barrel Aging
      12 months in 30% new oak, 50/50 French/American
    • Alcohol
      14.8% by vol.
    • Production
      425 cases in 12 x 750ml format
  • Background

    Our Chiles Valley Zinfandel originates from a vineyard block known internally as Chicken Coop because more than a decade before our parents purchased the property, at its heart—at the edge of a blue-line streambed—stood… you guessed it. Proximity to the waterway combined with longtime soil amendments courtesy of its former inhabitants make this an especially fertile zone that not surprisingly is home to our most vigorous vineyard. Its topographic situation affords it uniquely concentrated wind and sun exposure that make for the longest growing season on our property. Perennially David’s favorite Brown zin!

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