2015 Napa Valley Zinfandel

  • Tasting Notes

    Deep magenta core and scarlet rim sparkle with crystalline clarity. A swirl of the glass reveals Venezuelan chocolate commingled with embers that lead into creamy vanilla bean. Hallmark characteristics of hibiscus blossom, exotic Asian apple, and rose petal recall the earliest vintages of this wine, with time revealing ripe red plum with subtle earth and herbs. The 2015 vintage has a leaner countenance than its juicier predecessor, with a medium body and pleasant dryness on the palate that is reminiscent of a dried apricot fruit rollup. A zesty mid-palate twang of navel orange finishes off with a hint of black pepper. Magnificent structure, deep intensity, and seamless integration make this a wine that will linger on your palate and in your mind long after the last sip. Drink now through 2025.

  • Specs
    • Composition
      100% Estate Grown Zinfandel
    • Vineyard Source
      Brown Estate – Big Field, Chiles Valley & Rosemary's blocks
    • Appellation
      Napa Valley
    • Barrel Aging
      12 months in 30% new oak, 50/50 French/American
    • Alcohol
      15.2% by vol.
    • Production
      1400 cases in 12 x 750ml format
      375 cases in 6 x 1.5L format
  • Background

    Comprised primarily of fruit from our Big Field block—replanted in 2009, the youngest and most exuberant vines on our property—backed up by both Chiles Valley and Rosemary’s, this wine marks a compositional departure from previous vintages. The Big Field enjoys picture perfect orientation with southern facing exposure and full sun from morning to evening. An increase in intensity results from tighter row spacing, fewer clusters per vine, and overall smaller clusters and berry size. What we have here is a refresh of our original Brown Zin that both hails its two-decade lineage and pushes this Brown Estate classic to the next level.

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