Branham Estate Wines Senal Rockpile 2007

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This red blend of 45% Zinfandel, 20% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petite Sirah is big and fruity with lots of layers, great balance and fine tannins.

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Winemaking has been my passion since 1971. A home winemaker since college days, I enrolled in the Graduate School at U.C. Davis in 1975. Studying Enology and Viticulture was an opportunity to work with some of the famous pioneers of California winemaking. Davis launched my career that has now lasted 28 years and is comprised of diverse worldwide wine related experiences. Working in wineries and... Read more
Winemaking has been my passion since 1971. A home winemaker since college days, I enrolled in the Graduate School at U.C. Davis in 1975. Studying Enology and Viticulture was an opportunity to work with some of the famous pioneers of California winemaking. Davis launched my career that has now lasted 28 years and is comprised of diverse worldwide wine related experiences. Working in wineries and vineyards has taken me from the Napa Valley to New Zealand, Healdsburg (CA), Australia, Santa Clara (CA) to Australia and back to the Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Working in all facets of production, from cellar to field work, lab tech to winemaker has lead to the fulfillment of a lifelong goal to produce my own wine. Branham Estate Wines began in 1994 with the planting of the Branham Rockpile Vineyard. Purchased in 1989, the ranch consists of 240 acres of wilderness located in Northwest Sonoma County. Once a part of the historic Rock Pile Ranch the land is included in one of Sonoma County's newest AVAs Rockpile. Three acres of Zinfandel are actively producing fruit. I planted 6 acres of Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah in 2004, with viable fruit a couple of more years away. In 1997, the Branham Obsidian Vineyard was purchased. This vineyard is located along the Napa River near the Silverado Trail and Bale Lane in the heart of the Napa Valley. This vineyard consists of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 1986. In 2004 60% of the acreage was replanted with new clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah--the first vintage from these vines will be 2007. In 1999 I gained "viticulture control" of the Aves Vineyard in St. Helena. The Zinfandel vines at Aves are 38-years old, dry farmed and produce delicious wines. These three vineyards represent the heart and soul of Branham Estate Wines. I grow 80% of all fruit utilized in my wines. My first wine produced under the Branham label was the 1999 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. I am dedicated to producing high quality, hand-crafted wines, from estate grown grapes. Read less

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Snooth User: vin0vin0
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02/27/2013

This red blend of 45% Zinfandel, 20% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petite Sirah is big and fruity with lots of layers, great balance and fine tannins.




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