2013 Brassfield "Eruption - Volcano Ridge Vineyard" High Valley Red Blend SKU #1275897


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Brassfield has long been on our radar as a producer to watch from the burgeoning greater Lake County AVA. Over the last 10 years they have dedicated themselves to quality above quantity and spared no expense to bring their wines up to a quality level where they are now mentioned in the conversation for great value reds--they even enlisted the famed David Ramey to be their consulting winemaker. The one wine that has sparked this conversation more than any other is the Eruption. A rotating blend of full-bodied red varieties make up this wine, and year after year the wine has got better and better. This blend, from an estate vineyard grown at a breathtaking 2,200 feet elevation, is a blend of 38% Malbec, 36% Syrah, 16% Mourvèdre and 10% Petite Sirah--which sounds weird, but once you taste this wine all your questions will be quickly answered.

Staff Reviews

  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    Big, loamy and full of massive and bursting flavors, this wine is packed to the brim with aromas of India ink, pastilles, blackberry candy and a slight bloody character. Entering juicy and broad, the name Eruption is a bit literal—this impresses with black cherry, anisette, wild berry preserves and has quite a bit of umami savor. Ramey’s touch on the finish shows with a classical dryness and spice rather than what so many wines of this ilk do, which is pack in the sugar. This is certainly not a classic claret, or Cabernet -styled blend, but it could certainly take the place of one on a dinner table without much argument from most.
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    There are some fantastic wines coming out of Lake County, and this is no exception. This full-bodied red blend has compelling, bold dark fruits and earth notes with well-integrated tannin. Notes of forest floor, cranberry, blackberry, mustiness and cinnamon come through with a nice and dry finish. This is a wine to enjoy now but will age nicely over the next few years as well.
    Top Value!
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    A blend consisting of 38% Malbec, 36% Syrah, 16% Mourvèdre and 10% Petite Sirah, this is a very serious wine for sixteen dollars. Dark fruit, dark berries, solid fruit depth without any indication of jamminess. It's full-bodied and has a well-integrated, dusty tannin structure on the finish. Need I say more?
  • Dave Genevro
    By: Dave Genevro
    K&L Staff Member
    Dark purple hued, this Malbec dominant red blend has that depth, darkness and concentration that I love about so many wines from Lake County I have had the privilege of enjoying in recent months. The high elevation vineyard is great for this wine. Richness and length for days, with plenty of punch, baking spices...this fun and intriguing blend is an awesome new wine to try for those Prisoner or Machete red blend fans out there....and is much less in price. Tons of interesting layers and textures to discover at less than $20 of risk to you. A whole lot of wine for the money!
    Top Value!


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