Proprietary Red Blend
2015 - North Coast
Dark garnet in the glass, commanding aromas of blueberry, caramel and toasted oak preview a bold, mouth-filling palate stacked with concentrated layers of ripe dark fruit, black cherry and milk chocolate. Robust and full-bodied with excellent weight in the mid-palate, this complex wine leaves a lasting impression with a smooth, round and full finish..
If winemakers were asked to describe the 2015 North Coast vintage in a few words, they would be “early, light and excellent.” A mild winter forced an early bud break, followed by a prolonged bloom and unusually cool spring temperatures that produced smaller berries, fewer clusters and therefore, reduced yields compared to the last three record-breaking vintages. After a hot, dry summer, a temperature spike in late August accelerated ripening and harvest to be a couple weeks earlier than usual. All of these elements resulted in concentrated flavors, balanced acidity and intense aromatics for the 2015 vintage.
Throughout the growing season, I visited each vineyard block regularly. The fruit for Z. Alexander Brown was harvested during the cool early morning hours to ensure that the concentrated fruit flavors were captured at the peak of ripeness. Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were de-stemmed, moved into stainless steel tanks and slowly warmed to fermentation temperatures. Following the completion of primary and malolactic fermentation, the wine was drained and gently pressed onto a selection of French and American oak. The final blend for this boldly flavored wine was thoughtfully crafted by Zac and me as a result of multiple hands-on tastings and blending sessions featuring a selection of the best lots of the vintage.
- John Killebrew, Winemaker
- North Coast
- Varietal Blend:
- Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah
- Total Acid:
- 0.57 g/100ml
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