2008 Brown Estate Zinfandel Recluse


  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Chiles Valley
Drink between 2012 - 2019 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 6

  • BCharlieG Likes this wine: 92 points

    January 4, 2016 - Monster wine. sweet dark fruit - lots of red cherry, blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry. dark mocha. heavy violets and a good amount of glycerine with 16% plus alcohol (label says 15) and RS.

  • BCharlieG Likes this wine: 93 points

    April 23, 2013 - Consumed over 3 hours. Initial sight ruby and touches of garnet, slightly opaque pomegranate red. Nose: Initially very austere giving off elements of heather, cotton, tart raspberry, tart cherry, lavender. Over time, opened into rich blueberry, raspberry, red cherry, cooked strawberry. Palate: Incredibly soft with shockingly balanced palate weight. Initially presents with ripe banana peel, cherry fruit. Very little tannin structure initially. At the 2 hour mark, mostly open: still subtle tannins, low acidity, real heat but balanced. After feeling mostly open, big huge spice box, black pepper, little paprika from heat, thicker, but not hugely extracted - chewier with milk chocolate, vanilla. We were so impressed by this wine – even at nearly 15% alcohol, the syle still shows refinement and balance. The palate weight is perfect. Will buy a few more of these, probably needs 3 or 4 hours full decant to really come together. Might not have been fully open until much later in the bottle/evening Great showing from a top zin producer.

  • Wineson Likes this wine: 94 points

    April 12, 2013 - Complexity - it has it. Figs on the nose, jammy on the tongue, long dry (tannins) finish
    Texture - smooth on the tongue
    Mid palate density - yes, it has it
    Proportion - very good. I'm looking forward to see how this evolves
    Finesse - hmm? A little in your face.
    Balance - very good. An experience for the senses
    I do enjoy most Brown products. This is one of their best!

  • closdupapes wrote: 94 points

    December 23, 2012 - Deep jammy fruit balanced nicely. Big nose followed by a big finish. This is a really nice zin. Looking forward to my next bottles.

  • TheTunney's wrote: 91 points

    October 29, 2011 - Warm fall nose and flavor. Wonderful wine!

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Brown Estate
  • Varietal Zinfandel
  • Designation Recluse
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Chiles Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (2%)
  • In Cellars 75 (38%)
  • Consumed 118 (60%)

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