Napa Valley's Brown Estate--Producers of Napa Valley's Most Elegant Zinfandels

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Napa Valley's Brown Estate--Producers of Napa Valley's Most Elegant Zinfandels

In 1980 the Brown family purchased an abandoned ranch in the eastern Napa Valley region known as Chiles Valley.  Planting Zinfandel, they sold some of the most exquisite examples of the variety ever seen in California to existing wineries in the area.  When the Brown children decided to make wine from these highest caliber grapes in 1996 (the year after The Wine Country was founded), the Brown estate has consistently produced the nation's most elegant Zinfandel.  We have been proud to have offered their wines ever since they began producing wine.

In 1980 the Brown family purchased an abandoned ranch in the eastern Napa Valley region known as Chiles Valley.  Planting Zinfandel, they sold some of the most exquisite examples of the variety ever seen in California to existing wineries in the area.  

When the Brown children decided to make wine from these highest caliber grapes in 1996 (the year after The Wine Country was founded), the Brown estate has consistently produced the nation's most elegant Zinfandel.  We have been proud to have offered their wines ever since they began producing wine.

 

   

A couple months ago co owner Coral Brown stopped by our store to introduce the latest releases from her family's estate.  She knew we were huge fans of her wines, so with her usual elegant confidence, she treated us to her latest wonderful wines.

 

2014 Brown Estate Chaos Theory Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend

Brown Estate has quietly been offering this wonderful blend for several years now, and it has flown under most people's radar, but shouldn't.  Made up of 60% Zinfandel, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petite Sirah and aged 12 months in 50% French and 50% American oak barrels, 25% new.  In terms of pure deliciousness, it ranks right up there.  Pick your description:  blackberries, anise, cracked pepper.  In the mouth, Chaos Theory is not chaotic at all; instead, it is an ordered, masterfully structured and brilliantly executed red wine that deserves to be on your table next time you are craving lamb, beef, or cheeses.  A terrific wine.

$37.99 per bottle

 

2015 Brown Estate Zinfandel, Napa Valley

This is the 20th vintage of the Brown Family's winery.  This bottling, the Napa Valley Zinfandel, represents the debut of the estate's newer vineyard.  Like most Zinfandels these days, it is no shy wallflower, exhibiting 15.2% alcohol, but Brown's genius is that even with the intensity of flavors, it still retains its trademark elegance.  Coffee hints give way to beautiful black fruit aromas.  In the mouth there are jammy flavors reminding me of strawberries, yet with all it has to offer, it avoids the plodding character that so many "big" wines possess.  Another fine Zin.

$42.99 per bottle

 

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