2013 Brassfield "Eruption - Volcano Ridge Vineyard" High Valley Red Blend
This full-bodied wine packs a lot of punch in terms of mouthfeel and flavor. The color is extremely dark, and the flavors resemble dark chocolate, black cherries and baking spices. It is dry in style, with lip-smacking, nicely astringent tannins that counterbalance all that richness. (JG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The best red is the 2013 Proprietary Red Eruption, another intriguing blend of Malbec, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Mourvèdre. The good news is there are 23,000 cases of this excellent value, which exhibits dark berry fruit along with some plums, Asian spice, and touches of licorice, earth and meat. It is rich, chewy and medium-bodied, with terrific fruit intensity. Drink it over the next several years. This is another winery turning out attractive wines. (RP)
Brassfield's 2013 Eruption offers pretty much what the label suggests, voluptuous, super-ripe dark fruit and tons of intensity. Racy, powerful and opulent, the 2013 is a tasty, budget-friendly wine ... (AG)
Wine & Spirits
High-elevation sunlight pushed the fruit-Malbec, Syrah, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah-into exuberant purple juiciness, yet mountain tannins pull those flavors back toward a stony center, making room for peppercorn spice at the end. This is a well-priced red suited to just about any grilled meat.
Brassfield has long been our radar as a producer to watch from the burgeoning greater Lake County AVA. Over the last 10 years they have dedicated themselves to quality above quantity and spared no expense to bring their wines up to a quality level where they are now mentioned in the conversation for great value reds--hell, they even enlisted the famed David Ramey to be their consulting winemaker. The one wine that has sparked this conversation more than any other is the Eruption. A rotating blend of full-bodied red varieties make up this wine, and year after year the wine has got better and better. This blend, from an estate vineyard grown at a breathtaking 2,200 feet elevation, is a blend of 38% Malbec, 36% Syrah, 16% Mourvèdre and 10% Petite Sirah--which sounds weird, but once you taste this wine all your questions will be quickly answered. (Bryan Brick, K&L Wine Merchants)