2015 Chiles Valley Zin

  • Tasting Notes

    Deep, dark, and decadent with intense garnet core and scarlet rim. Nose bursts forth with an alluring bouquet of dried hibiscus, rose petals, and black currant shadowed by cedar and bay laurel. Following closely is a medley of blackberry, boysenberry, and huckleberry commingled with savory herb and smoky underbrush. Exotic spices, the hallmark of this wine, are present in cascading Juniper, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, vanilla, pimiento, and subtle anise leading to baked red and black cherry with Venezuelan chocolate shavings.  Superb, opulent mouthfeel and bold fruit expression benefit from excellent acidity and exceptional structural integrity. Moderate plus body and supple tannins lead into a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2027.

  • Specs
    • Composition
      100% Estate Grown Zinfandel
    • Vineyard Source
      Brown Estate – Chiles Valley Block
    • Barrel Aging
      12 months in 25% new oak, 50/50 French/American
    • Alcohol by vol.
      15.6%
    • Production
      700 cases in 12 x 750ml format
      30 bottles in 3L 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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