I would meet David Brown, Winegrower and now Winemaker as well, a few years later, and thoroughly enjoyed the four-wheel drive tour of their hillside vineyards. David shared their future plans to renovate the winery and the family’s decision to expand the varietals of Brown Estate to include Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Vermont, (R.I.P) a mix of chow and shepherd, aptly named for the street where he was found abandoned, Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, led the way for the entire tour. I was warned in advance to be careful of David Browns’ “Teddy Bear Hugs,” everyone agreeing they were highly addictive. I received one of the hugs when saying good-bye.
Over the next several years as the estate increased its production, Coral Brown would take the lead marketing position dazzling wine aficionados and consumers alike with her savvy marketing skills and charismatic personality. Coral and Marcela attended the majority of the DCHWM Trade Tastings, however we were honored and thrilled to welcome Basset Brown pouring the Brown Estate wines to the Southern California Trade. Father, husband, Physician and original Founder, he was welcomed and his participation enjoyed by all.
In 2015, Brown celebrates its twentieth anniversary and also marks the tenth release of Chaos Theory with the 2013 vintage. In celebration of its monumental release, David Brown designed the new Chaos Theory label “as an homage to the topsy-turvy but always triumphant nature of his perennial experiences as both farmer and winemaker” – Brown Estate . A blend of 60%/35%/5%, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Syrah, respectively, the color depth is amazingly dark and lush with spicy aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg along with the right hint of black pepper,.The flavors explode with lush dark blue and black fruits and a velvety texture.
To this day I consider the Brown’s one of the most amazing families I have ever met. Together the family is creating hand-crafted artisan-styled wines from the Chiles Valley AVA in the Eastern region of the Napa Valley that personify the Brown family to a T.
DCHWM along with our counterpart in Northern California, Vinifera Wine Co. and Lucy Malocsay, began representation simultaneously as Brown Estate released its first vintage, the well crafted 1996 Zinfandel.
My first meeting and introduction to Brown Estate was arranged by a friend, who is also a wine country Marketing Consultant instrumental in the building of the DCHWM wine portfolio. I was drawn in by the charismatic personalities of Marcela Brown and daughter Deneen. Marcela explained the long range outlook for the property that would remain 100% family owned and how each decision pertaining to
winery management and winemaking would be discussed and approved by all members of the family. We tasted the 1996 Brown Zinfandel, Napa Valley, the first of many vintages to come, and found it aromatically spicy with a fresh and velvety mid-palate with vibrant blue and red fruits and a lingering finish. The wine was elegant, making the day a truly mesmerizing experience. The first release was upfront and forward, in its youth, and had extremely limited production, so we decided to concentrate our marketing efforts on restaurant placements with a limited offering to retailers with a more hands-on approach to wine sales.