Brassfield Estate Winery
Brassfield Estate Winery is located on the 2,500 acre Serenity Ranch in High Valley. The tasting room is in a beautiful Tuscan building. In 2005, owner Jerry Brassfield was the driving force behind establishing AVA status for the region.
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Serenity Ranch is planted with 250 acres of 16 different varietals. The property is large enough to have several unique microclimates within its borders and is home to several varietals.
To date, Brassfield’s hillside vineyards have been most successful growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and Syrah. Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio do very well on the valley floor. Brassfield’s vineyards are grown in alluvial and volcanic soils. These soils are the result of shifting riverbeds, erosion, and ancient volcanic eruptions.
Round Mountain is an extinct volcano that looms over the property. Millions of years ago, an eruption by the volcano created the modern terrain of High Valley. Soils are very well drained with just enough minerals and organic matter to develop ripe fruit flavors in the grapes.
Kevin Robinson is the winemaker. He is known for his innovations in oak barrel aging. Robinson uses French, Hungarian, and American oak. All of Brassfield’s wines are estate grown and bottled. They hand pick all of their grapes during harvest to ensure the highest quality fruit. Additionally, only sustainable farming techniques are used in the vineyard.
The 2004 Sauvignon Blanc Estate Vineyard is a fruit-driven wine with distinct melon aromas. A nice dose of acidity harmonizes these delightfully forward flavors. It was slowly fermented in stainless steel tanks for a month to retain the varietals fresh characteristics.
The Brassfield Estate Syrah is has flavors of spice and earth dark fruit. The grapes were grown in the Round Mountain Vineyard. This is a full bodied Syrah with nearly 15% alcohol. But the spicy fruit flavors are substantial enough to stand up to this high alcohol content. About 1,750 cases are produced each year.
The Brassfield Pinot Noir has a round texture and substantial body. It has a floral nose and cherry flavors. 2003 was Brassfield’s first vintage of this wine.