High Valley, California
We’ve said it before: truly, there is no other grape-growing site on Earth quite like High Valley Appellation and, there’s no place quite like Brassfield Estate Winery: a gorgeous 1400 acre property on the western side of High Valley, known as “High Serenity Ranch.” Just north of Napa Valley, this region is recognized for growing a wide range of grapes, with the standout wines being clean crisp whites.
Four reasons why we love it:
100% estate grown, produced and bottled: located in the western section of High Valley at High Serenity Ranch on a truly distinctive and remarkable winegrowing property: “valley floor vineyards” at 1800 ft elevation with gravelly, sandy loam soils, and the higher vineyard blocks at nearly 3000 ft. The temperatures of some parts of this unique vineyard are some of the coldest in California, providing for slow growing seasons and the complex flavors resulting from extended hang time.
David Ramey Winemaking: David Ramey is held in the highest esteem as a true innovator, a talented wine artisan, and an industry revolutionary. More than 30 years ago David helped navigate away from technically proficient, squeaky clean wines--read: boring!--toward natural winemaking methods that embrace the importance of terroir, creating distinctive wines of unique character.
Critic’s Favorite: Antonio Galloni said, "In my mind, Ramey is one of the top [winemakers] in the United States. Readers who aren’t familiar with these wines owe it to themselves to check them out." Wine Advocate agrees, praising the Serenity as "Very Good."
Sustainability: Given their remote location, Ramey says, “it’s not optional, it’s critical” to cultivate, thrive and repeat without depleting the precious natural resources. “We diligently apply this timeless philosophy to our farming practices to support healthy soils, low yields, and constant attention in growing the finest estate-grown wine grapes possible for generations to come.”
The 2013 brims with aromas of Meyer lemon, white nectarines, and citrus blossom. It is medium bodied, but possesses bright acidity and a long and elegant finish. The wine is crisp and clean in the mouth, layered with tangerines, grapefruit, and a lemongrass finish. It’s a wine that delights and keeps on giving.
The western section of High Valley Appellation holds the magical lands know as High Serenity Ranch. The 2,500 acre former cattle ranch is now home to Brassfield Estate Winery & Vineyard. In 1973, Jerry Brassfield purchased the original 1,600 acres as a cattle ranch and wildlife reserve. While the cattle have gone, the wildlife still remains. Over the next three decades Mr. Brassfield continued acquiring lands. Today, the estate includes both the eastern and the western sections of High Valley as well as ownership of Round Mountain Volcano.
In 1998, the Brassfield family realized the land’s true destiny was as a world-class wine property. As a result, Brassfield Estate Winery & Vineyard was established. With the new estate vineyards increased production, the winery has grown with additional tank & barrel storage capacity and a state-of-the-art crushing facility.
The home ranch on the western side of High Valley has been known as “High Serenity Ranch” for over one hundred years. Today, the original 1400 acre property is now home to Brassfield Estate Winery and the first 60 acres of vineyard planted in 2001. The vineyards that comprise “Serenity” are comprised of gravelly loams, and are some of the coolest growing conditions in High Valley.
Perfect accompaniment for a picnic accompanied by penne pasta with grilled shrimp, heirloom tomatoes, lemon zest and mint.