2017 Chaos Theory

  • Tasting Notes

    Eye
    Magenta core with ruby rim.

    Nose
    Violets, Bay Laurel, subtle cedar, red cherry, cassis, mocha/espresso, dried herbs, saddle, s’mores, cigar.

    Palate
    Full-bodied, rich & expansive, vibrant tannins, lingering finish.

    Cellar life
    Drink now through 2030 if cellared well!

  • Specs
    • Composition
      50% Merlot
      25% Petite Sirah
      15% Zinfandel
      5% Petite Verdot
      5% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Vineyard Source
      Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon — Brown Estate
      Merlot — Chiles Valley
      Petite Verdot — Coombsville
    • Appellation
      Napa Valley
    • Barrel Aging
      12 months in 25% new oak, 50/50 French/American
    • Alc. by vol.
      14.7%
    • Production
      1600 cases in 12 x 750ml format
      425 cases in 6 x 1.5L format
  • Background

    Chaos Theory began as a one-off blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel that David created for our first participation in the annual Premiere Napa Valley trade auction. It made such a splash he went back to the cellar to dial in the details so we could make it a permanent part of our lineup. Over the years this proprietary blend has become a shape-shifter, each vintage its own unique blend. Such is our journey through the world of wine — a constant adventure that reminds us year in and year out that no matter how random or chaotic things may seem, amidst the mayhem there is reason, if not always rhyme, to all we do and experience.

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