2016 Brown Recluse

  • Tasting Notes

    Garnet core with ruby rim.

    Sweet potting soil, dried rose petals, black/boysenberry compote, savory roasted herbs. Secondary notes of green pepper, iron, graphite, English lavender, and winter spice.

    Dense and enveloping with integrated tannins and long, lingering finish.

    Cellar life
    Drink now through 2035+.

  • Specs
    • Composition
      97% Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
      3% Estate Grown Zinfandel
    • Vineyard source
      Brown Estate – Terraces Block, Chiles Valley Zinfandel Block
    • Appellation
      Napa Valley
    • Barrel aging
      18 months in 30% new French oak
    • Alc. 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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