RICH 92 POINT RED FROM BRASSFIELD – GIVING NAPA VALLEY A RUN FOR ITS MONEY!
“Located in California's remote High Valley Appellation of Lake County, Brassfield Estate Winery consistently produces some of the most incredible delicious-yet-affordable wines coming out of Northern California. Recently, Lake County has been gaining steam with beautiful value-driven wines and earning respect from the south; winemaker Jed Steele (Sonoma) and iconic vineyard manager Andy Beckstoffer (Napa) have both been working in the Lake County AVA for years. Brassfield Winery is nurtured by renowned consulting winemaker David Ramey (Sonoma), one of my favorite winemakers. I have been getting
requests from many of you looking for well-made, value wines from California that are still family owned... this rich, full-bodied red is a great discovery – 92 points and a under $16! This is what
we here at The Wine House call a no-brainer.” –Glen Knight, Wine House
2013 Brassfield Estate Eruption Volcano Ridge Lake County
“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.” –Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast, November 2016
FROM THE PRODUCER
TECHNICAL NOTES Reigon: Lake County, CA Vineyard: Volcano Ridge Vineyard (located on the steep slopes of an extinct volcano, 2,200 feet above sea level on the eastern end of High Valley). Soils: Pure volcanic soils Varietals: 38% Malbec 36% Syrah 16% Mourvèdre 10% Petite Sirah Viticulture: Sustainable Vinification: Fermented in small lots using native yeast Aging: French and American oak barrels (30% new) for 8-10 months.
Tasting Notes The 2013 Eruption is rich and
intense. The wine exhibits aromas of blackberries, fresh baked bread, stewed plums, and a touch of tar, giving way to flavors that are jammy, ripe and unctuous. The palate explodes with ripe blueberries, mixed berry tart, fresh tobacco leaf, and toasty vanilla notes. The texture of Eruption is perhaps its most distinguishing trait - mouth-coating with an endless finish. Be certain to have a second bottle on hand, the first won’t last very long. Assuming you have to pair this wine with food, it will enhance slow-roasted lamb with cinnamon and fennel, filet mignon, or pasta alla puttanesca.
David Ramey produced, family-owned, estate-grown, and endlessly over-delivering – the Brassfield
Estate experience provides a continued series of surprises that delight our consumers, trade partners and friends. And, like most wines of superior quality and character, Brassfield follows the true definition of estate bottled wine.
Whether it’s the nuanced flavor of our heritage varietals, or our proprietary Eruption and Serenity blends, all of of the grapes that go into our wines are grown in our own vineyards, vinified and bottled at our winery. Sustainable Practices A commitment to sustainability extends to every detail of the approach at Brassfield Estate. Many building
materials found in the construction of our winery and visitor center have been re-purposed and re-used. All water used in the winegrowing and winemaking process is recaptured and recycled. We strive to utilize every precious raindrop that falls on our property. The extent of our commitment to sustainability demonstrates that, to us, sustainability is critical.
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