Proprietary Red Blend
2014 - North Coast
Our 2014 Proprietary Red Blend is dark garnet in the glass, with commanding aromas of blueberry, cassis and cedar that preview a bold, mouth-filling palate stacked with concentrated layers of ripe blueberry, black cherry and baking spice. 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.
The 2014 vintage produced a record-breaking crop of exceptional quality. Early bud break and a mild, sunny growing season marked by few significant heat spikes and virtually no high winds provided ideal conditions for optimal fruit development. This remarkable vintage resulted in balanced wines with rich mid-palates, bright, concentrated flavors, structured tannins and big personality.
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
- Total Acid:
- 0.59 g/100ml