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Eruption Red Volcano Ridge Vyd. High Valley Brassfield Estate 2012

External Review by WineExpress.com:

Way up in Lake County is a 2,500 acre former cattle ranch that is now home to Brassfield Estate Winery & Vineyard. Jerry Brassfield originally purchased it in 1973 and today, the estate includes both the eastern and the western sections of the High Valley AVA as well as ownership of Round Mountain Volcano and it’s a world-class wine property with a state-of-the-art facility. This proprietary red blend comes from the single Volcano Ridge Vineyard, located on the steep slopes of an extinct cinder cone at 2,200 feet above sea level on the eastern end of High Valley. The pure volcanic soils are ideal for vine stress, restricting crop yields, and making wine that has both intensity and elegance. A blend of Syrah, Malbec, Mourvèdre and Petite Sirah selected only from the best lots. Wine & Spirts Magazine scored it 90 points and Tasting Panel Magazine scored it 92 saying “The chalk-like tannins and lean lines of stoniness are evident from Volcano Ridge Vineyard at 2,200 feet above sea level on the eastern end of High Valley. The wine was blended early from Syrah, Malbec, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah, and bottled without filtration. The eruption does indeed commence with the first sip: a flow of black fruit, coffee beans, currants, red berries and a nice touch of cherries dipped in cocoa powder. A definitive black pepper thread runs throughout the juicy, texturally satin, concentrated mouthfeel.

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Brassfield Estate Vineyard:
At Brassfield Estate, we believe wine is truly an expression of the grapes and where they are grown. Soils, microclimates, and vineyard practices are the major contributing factors for world class wine. The very finest wines in the world have one thing in common: They are all estate-grown and estate-bottled, meaning that they are crafted entirely from grapes grown on the winery’s own prope... Read more
At Brassfield Estate, we believe wine is truly an expression of the grapes and where they are grown. Soils, microclimates, and vineyard practices are the major contributing factors for world class wine. The very finest wines in the world have one thing in common: They are all estate-grown and estate-bottled, meaning that they are crafted entirely from grapes grown on the winery’s own property where they are vinified and bottled on the premise. This principle is the foundation at Brassfield Estate. With High Valley’s diverse soils & microclimates, we have planted 19 different varietals covering over 350 acres of vineyard. Brassfield Estate controls every aspect of the Viticultural development: •Careful research matching correct varietals to optimal vineyard site. •Development control in planting for spacing, row direction, canopy/trellis development and choice of root stock. •Farming philosophy of sustainable agriculture and deficit irrigation done with meticulous care for optimum grape quality. •Harvest practices of hand picking, use of half ton bins and limited movement to winery to prevent fruit damage. •Winemaking in the hands of winemaker. Read less

External Reviews for Eruption Red Volcano Ridge Vyd. High Valley Brassfield Estate

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Source: WineExpress.com
02/07/2015

Way up in Lake County is a 2,500 acre former cattle ranch that is now home to Brassfield Estate Winery & Vineyard. Jerry Brassfield originally purchased it in 1973 and today, the estate includes both the eastern and the western sections of the High Valley AVA as well as ownership of Round Mountain Volcano and it’s a world-class wine property with a state-of-the-art facility. This proprietary red blend comes from the single Volcano Ridge Vineyard, located on the steep slopes of an extinct cinder cone at 2,200 feet above sea level on the eastern end of High Valley. The pure volcanic soils are ideal for vine stress, restricting crop yields, and making wine that has both intensity and elegance. A blend of Syrah, Malbec, Mourvèdre and Petite Sirah selected only from the best lots. Wine & Spirts Magazine scored it 90 points and Tasting Panel Magazine scored it 92 saying “The chalk-like tannins and lean lines of stoniness are evident from Volcano Ridge Vineyard at 2,200 feet above sea level on the eastern end of High Valley. The wine was blended early from Syrah, Malbec, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah, and bottled without filtration. The eruption does indeed commence with the first sip: a flow of black fruit, coffee beans, currants, red berries and a nice touch of cherries dipped in cocoa powder. A definitive black pepper thread runs throughout the juicy, texturally satin, concentrated mouthfeel.



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