2014 Brown Estate Napa Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1256566 90 points Wine Spectator

 Jammy and ripe, this retains a sense of balance and focus, with black cherry and caramel aromas and soft, zesty flavors of blackberry and spice. For those who like their Zins big. (TF)  (6/2014)

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Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2016 | Send Email
This is a shining example of a Zin made in a very lush, supple, fruit-driven style, but that retains its balance and poise throughout. A wine being called fruit-forward can often indicate that it is overly ripe and extracted--but in this case, it means that the fruit is so pure, so brilliantly framed that it comes singing out of the glass. Boysenberry coulis, blueberry syrup are the first flavors on the palate, pure unadulterated blue fruit makes up the core of this wine. It finishes with just a kiss of warm peppery spice. There is a freshness and lift throughout the wine that gives it the tension it needs to avoid becoming flabby and just about the fruit. This is exuberant and unabashed Zinfandel, and an extremely well done version.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2016 | Send Email
A show-stopper of a Zin, with a deep nose with lots of brambly red fruits and dark berries and spice. Rich and full with a round mouthfeel, polished tannins, and good acidity. This wine deftly carries all of its intensity through to a very fine finish. It is hard not to drink it now, but having recently tried the '97, do yourself a favor and buy a few extra for later!

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.2