Z. Alexander Brown 2014 Uncaged, Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast
Known for his band and his music, Zac Brown is a creative spirit who has a passion for bringing music, food, and people together. The next logical step for him was to make wine. For this, his Uncaged series he teamed up with the resources of Delicato Family Wines and Napa Valley Winemaker John Killebrew, who grew up in California, developed a love for nature, gardening, cooking, and music at an early age. As a winemaker, John is able to stay immersed in nature. Working in partnership with Zac and accessing the Delicato's superb quality grapes he's able to create wines with true character and style that offer a lot for a little. This Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from prime vineyards in California's North Coast; Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties. The 2014 vintage produced a crop of exceptional quality. The fruit was harvested during the cool early morning hours to ensure that the concentrated fruit flavors were captured at the peak of ripeness. Grapes were de-stemmed, moved into stainless steel tanks and slowly warmed to fermentation temperatures. Following the completion of primary and malolactic fermentation, the wine was drained and gently pressed onto a selection of French and American oak. The final blend for this boldly flavored wine was thoughtfully crafted by Zac and John after multiple hands-on tastings and blending sessions featuring a selection of the best lots of the vintage. Wine Enthusiast Magazine made this and "Editors' Choice". They scored it 92 points saying "Beautiful and well balanced, this wine pulls together a spicy, fruity perfume with mouthfilling dark fruit and dark-chocolate flavors. The creamy texture is well supported by a rich layer of fine tannins. It has a graceful touch and is a treat to taste."
What a GREAT bottle for under $20! I am on my second case order. People LOVE figuring out that it is from Zac Brown and the conversation goes from there! Honestly put it in consideration with many $50 bottles. Has made a very pleasant everyday wine at the case price!