Brown Estate

Brown Estate

Brown Estatewinery: Brown Estate
grape: 100% Zinfandel

the winery
Brown Estate is a Napa based family run operation owned by siblings Deneen, David and Coral Brown. In 1980 their parents came across an abandoned “ghost ranch” in the hills of what is now Chiles Valley, east of Rutherford. They renovated an 1885 Queen Anne Victorian house and an 1859 barn and removed neglected walnut orchards to plant, farm and sell several acres of vines, notably Zinfandel. In 1990 the siblings took over operations from their parents, and changed the business model from selling their grapes exclusively to other wineries to making their own estate wine from their 50 acres of established vineyards. This year the family celebrates 35 years living in Napa Valley and in 2016 they will bottle their 20th vintage of wine.

Chiles Valley Wine Regionthe region: Chiles Valley
“The Chiles Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) is a narrow appellation in the Vaca Mountains along the northeast side of the Napa Valley can be described as a “valley within a valley”. It was named after Joseph Ballinger Chiles, who was given a land grant, Rancho Catacula from the Mexican government in the mid-1800s. The Chiles Valley AVA covers an area of approximately 6,000 acres, with more than 1,000 acres under vine. The terroir is unique, as cooling bay breezes which affect the Napa Valley floor do not reach as far inland as Chiles Valley, making the climate more continental than maritime. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are grown here with great success and often labeled with both the Chiles Valley and Napa Valley designations. Joseph Chiles would be proud of the products that are fashioned on his land today.” –

critics reviews
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.”

90 points Wine Enthusiast
“A zippy sense of freshness characterizes this wine that’s otherwise soft and bright in red raspberry and plum fruit. Subtle and understated black pepper builds up on the finish and stays on the palate a long time, just the slightest suggestion of savory herb peeking through.”

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