Grapelive Daily Pick
By Kerry Winslow
2008 Brown Estate Zinfandel Napa Valley.
Dave Brown and his family all put in the greatest possible effort and passion to produce high quality wine from their Chiles Valley, Napa estate and it shows in the bottle and the glass, as they made one of the best Zinfandels in the state. The newest release, the 2008 vintage shows ripe, sweet fruit and lush texture with smooth tannins and bramble spices, with a fresh nose and a super pretty dark color. Everything is coming together nicely and while intense and thick, it has a certain balance and life that sets it apart, lifting it up and demanding attention. This is a fine Zinfandel that can be enjoyed now, but also for the next 3-5 years, so find some quick, as there is never enough to go around. ($36 Est.) 93-94 Points, grapelive
*Tasted at ZAP