2015 Westside Zinfandel

  • Tasting Notes

    Lithe and ethereal with a ruby core and soft rose rim, this wine sparkles in the glass with crystalline clarity. Swirl to reveal a buoyant bouquet of orange blossom, tuberose, and caramel-shrouded vanilla bean. Following closely are grounding notes of cedar, flint, and tobacco that banter with effervescent cola and subtle clove. Missing is Westside’s hallmark note of wild strawberries in the field, now replaced by black cherry compote with winter spice and crumble. Smooth and silky mouthfeel evokes antique velvet. Seamless integration and complex architecture make this wine one to remember long after it’s gone. Drink now through 2022 and savor while you do; this is our second to last vintage of Westside Zinfandel from the original vines!

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

    Our Westside Zinfandel block grows in a far-flung corner of our land where the mineral rich soil approximates a volcanic desert. It experiences the longest winter at Brown Estate and consistently is the last to bud out—and thus last to be harvested each year. Moreover, its westernmost location subjects the vines to the most intense heat on our property. While its truncated growing season results in more stylistic fluctuations than we see from any of our other vineyards, the overall extreme conditions it endures each year consistently yield extraordinary zinfandel fruit that uniquely embodies each growing season.

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