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2017 Brown Recluse

  • Tasting Notes

    Dark cherry/plum core, ruby rim.

    Wintery notes of woods, earth, and herbs give way to lilac, sweet cloves, peppermint, and spring essence. Underlying dark black fruit, mocha java, berry compote, and tamarind chutney.

    Medium body, lofty mouthfeel, supple with lithe tannins and long finish.

    Cellar life
    Drink now through 2035+.

  • Specs
    • Composition
      80% Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
      20% Estate Grown Zinfandel
    • Vineyard source
      Terraces Block, Far East Block, Mickey's Block
    • Appellation
      Napa Valley
    • Barrel aging
      16 months in 30% new French oak
    • Alc. by vol.
    • Production
      240 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.