DR. GONZO’S SECRET STASH, PART TWO: THE LATEST FROM CALIFORNIA’S BRASSFIELD WINES

2013-02-07 14.44.17

Along with the Flora Springs wines, Dr. Gonzo dropped off the newest vintages of Brassfield wines, a great new producer out of California’s High Valley appellation:

Brassfield Sauvignon Blanc High Valley 2011.  Grade=Outstanding.  Showing lots of lime, grapefruit and cilantro notes in the nose, this light-bodied white wine possesses fine acidity coupled with nuances of pineapple, quince, dried herbs and fresh cut hay.

Brassfield Pinot Grigio High Valley 2011.  Grade=Very Good.  Surprising in its display of lemon, lime, mineral and chayote, this light white wine has interesting hints of cucumber and melon as well as decent acidity.

Brassfield Serenity High Valley 2010.  Grade=Outstanding.  This blend of Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurtztraminer is only slightly sweet with hints of litchi, limes and kiwi fruit, propped up by a nice streak of acidity and notes of golden cherries and mineral underpinnings.

Brassfield Pinot Noir High Valley 2011.  Grade=Outstanding.  A medium-bodied red with touches of vanilla spice, red cherries, black pepper and molasses; an impressive Pinot Noir that starts off slightly sweet but finishes quite dry.

Brassfield Zinfandel High Valley 2011.  Grade=Outstanding.  A remarkably balanced Zin with hints of black pepper, raspberry, cocoa and cinnamon stick, this is a more full-bodied Zinfandel with a dry yet resonating finish.

Brassfield Eruption High Valley 2010.  Grade=Outstanding.  Syrah, Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Mourvedre unite in this rather superhero display of bold, sweet red fruits, chocolate, espresso, menthol and candied cherries.  Unctuous, voluptuous and rich – this is a helluva value.

2 Comments

  • March 4, 2013 - 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Kevin,

    Thank you for the great review of Brassfield wines. i would like to fly in to see you. Hot offf the press we hired Quincy Steele as our asst. winemaker working with David Ramey!!
    Catherine Timmins

  • March 5, 2013 - 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Would love to see you again! Congrats on hiring Quincy. I got the release recently. Trying to work these into our set. Brave new world here at Party Source. Cheers!

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