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Z. Alexander Brown Uncaged Red Blend 2015

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14.5% ABV
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4.1 54 Ratings
14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Dark garnet in the glass, commanding aromas of blueberry, caramel and toasted oak preview a bold, mouth-filling palate stacked with concentrated layers of ripe dark fruit, black cherry and milk chocolate. Robust and full-bodied with excellent weight in the mid-palate, this complex wine leaves a lasting impression with a smooth, round and full finish.

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Spiced blueberry liqueur accents the heady and ripe perfume on the nose for this blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Sirah. Silky with dry, grainy tannins: A touch of lilac lends flavor and added fragrance, while a backdrop of cedar, white pepper, and licorice keeps it grounded. Acidity is balanced with oak and a juicy finish.
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Z. Alexander Brown

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Z. Alexander Brown, North Coast, California
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Z. Alexander Brown wines are a creative collaboration between Zac Brown and Napa Valley winemaker John Killebrew. Highlighting the quality of California’s best growing regions, Z. Alexander Brown wines unveil a robust style reflective of the land and the unlimited potential that can result from a pair of artists with a passion for bringing food, people and a sense of place together through creativity. The Z. Alexander Brown wine portfolio includes Uncaged Proprietary Red Blend, Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon, Uncaged Pinot Noir, Uncaged Chardonnay, and Uncaged Sauvignon Blanc from California’s finest winegrowing regions and are produced and distributed by Delicato Family Vineyards. Inspired by homegrown values, a lifelong connection to the land and Zac’s passion for bringing music, food and people together, Z. Alexander Brown wines ingnite a natural gateway to wine – and a freedom to create. ?Both wine and music are intangible – you can’t stop either one in time and examine it carefully as they both change over time. Each has a lot of tone, feeling and texture. It’s all a craft. No matter what the medium is, it all takes a lot of love, time and attention to detail to come out with a final product you know everyone will enjoy.?-- Zac Brown, proprietor of Z. Alexander Brown. 

North Coast

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Encompassing the grape-growing regions located north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano. Napa and Sonoma get all of the attention, but there are a few other counties producing great wine in Northern California. Two notable examples are Mendocino and Lake County, the northernmost winegrowing regions in the state. These AVAs are very different, both from their neighbors to the south and from one another.

Mendocino benefits from the cooling fog of the Pacific Ocean and is able to successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling. There is a significant focus here on organic viticulture. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc are the dominant varieties. Both regions are excellent sources of high-quality but affordable California wines in a wide range of styles.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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