Wine & Spirits 90
"Hailing from a vineyard planted at 2,200 feet on the slope of an extinct volcano, this unconventional blend of syrah, malbec, mourvedre and petite sirah—fermented without inoculation—carries a plump and floral ripeness that’s satisfying. It’s girded by firm, glinting black tannins that seem to speak directly to Lake County’s volcanic terroir. It’s a great buy, and would sing with juicy lamb shoulder."
Robert Parker on Twitter "Looking for a super red value under $20 Eruption 2012 from Brassfield Estate is a CA Rhone ranger."
Antonio Galloni 88
"Another juicy, intense wine, the appropriately named 2012 Eruption bursts from the glass with dark red cherry, plum, spice and licorice. This, too, is a solid choice for near-term drinking."~AG
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Brassfield Estate Winery & Vineyard is located in the western section of High Valley at High Serenity Ranch on a truly distinctive and remarkable winegrowing property. Our valley floor vineyards sit at 1800 ft. elevation. The higher vineyard blocks rise to nearly 3000 ft. The temperatures of some parts of this unique vineyard are some of the coldest in California, giving Brassfield a heat summation equivalent to a Region 3 or less in some vintages.
In 1973, Jerry Brassfield purchased the original 1,600 acres as a cattle ranch and wildlife preserve. Over the next three decades Jerry acquired additional property. Today, the Lake County estate includes over 2,700 acres across both the eastern and the western sections of High Valley, as well as the Round Mountain Volcano.