Proud + Passionate + Uncaged



Proprietary red blend
2016 - California


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.

- John Killebrew, Winemaker


2016 was a fine year for growing great wine grapes. Enough rain fell to fill reservoirs and ensure sufficient water for irrigation. A slightly early bud break was followed by a mild spring with minimal frost danger. The varieties that make up the Proprietary Red Wine are fairly early ripeners and were unaffected by later season heat spikes or rain events. Because of this, we were able to choose our harvest dates to optimize each vineyard’s best state of ripeness and produce a delicious, layered and balanced wine with intense color and concentration.


Throughout the growing season, winemaker John Killebrew 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 into American and French oak. The final blend for his boldly flavored wine was thoughtfully crafted by John and Zac as a result of  multiple hands-on tastings and blending sessions featuring a selection of the best lots of the vintage.

- John Killebrew, Winemaker

Technical Notes

Varietal Blend:
Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Syrah
Total Acid:
0.58 g/100ml

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