2014 Brown Estate - Chaos Theory Red Blend
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.7% ABV
Region: Napa Valley - California, USA
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah
This wine dazzles in the glass as gemstone clarity reveals a still, deep, dark pool with oxblood core and scarlet rim. A swirl of the glass unleashes plumes of fragrance—flowering lilac, French lavender, eucalyptus, and brown sugar lead to a generous, juicy blackberry base. Evocative of early morning, a blend of blackberry jam and Chantilly cream lingers over toasted brioche, accompanied by hints of smoked bacon, flint, and pencil shavings followed by a subtle medley of dried kumquat, apple, and apricot. Medium-plus weight with a warm, enveloping, and engaging mouthfeel.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a red grape varietal known for its thick, durable skin, and the vine’s resistance to the elements. After the birth of the grape, the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal began to be adopted in parts of France by winemakers searching for more durable plants that were relatively easy to grow, and the grape found its champion in the region of Bordeaux.
Zinfandel is a wine truly made famous by California. Planted in over 10 percent of all Californian vineyards, the Zinfandel grape is an important player in the California red wine industry, creating a big, ripe red wine that comes with some of the highest alcohol content of any red wine on the market (between 14 and 17 percent). Due to the hot sun of California, Zinfandels have come to be known for their jammy, fruity characteristics.
Since Bordeaux style red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.