2011 Brassfield "Eruption" High Valley Red Wine (Previously $16)

SKU #1127051 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 *Best Buys from California* The 2011 Eruption is an innovative blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Zinfandel and Grenache. Medium to full-bodied, bold and exuberant with excellent ripeness and lots of berry fruit intermixed with pepper, earth, bouquet garni and a meaty character, this heady, delicious red satisfies the hedonistic senses. Consume it over the next year. Brassfield Estate’s winemaker is none other than David Ramey, someone who has had considerable experience in both France and California.  (8/ 2013)

K&L Notes

From Brassfield Estate Winery, Eruption is an exciting and eclectic blend from their Volcano Ridge Vineyard in Lake County. The vines are planted in the steep volcanic slopes of and ancient cinder cone at more than 2,000 above sea level. The soils and elevation impart minerality to the wine and naturally restrict yields while maintaining a fresh profile. Eruption is a distinctly handcrafted blend of 39% Syrah, 27% Mourvèdre, 10% Malbec, 8% Petite Sirah, 8% Tempranillo, 4% Zinfandel, and 4% Grenache. From the winery: "The 2011 Eruption is rich and intense. The wine has aromas of dark berry, sandalwood and cocoa, giving way to flavors that are jammy, ripe and expressive. The palate is layered with supple and round tannins, making the wine both hedonistic while simultaneously elegant. The texture of this wine is perhaps its most distinguishing trait - mouth-coating with an endless finish."

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Other Red Wines

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United States

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California

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Lake County

Alcohol Content (%): 14.3