BRAVE & MAIDEN 2016 “Union” Red Blend

Every patch of earth has a story rooted deep in its soil – an evolving, unfolding story. The story of Brave & Maiden began in 2011, with their very first vintage. Although the vineyard was planted in the mid-1990s, its grapes had never been produced as a single vineyard wine. That changed when Rizal Risjad acquired the property in 2010 and, along with friend and business partner Jason Djang, developed a vision of producing the finest estate-grown wines they could from this singular estate. With that first 2011 vintage, these two families, the Risjads and Djangs, established Brave & Maiden Estate.

Brave & Maiden wines are thoughtfully crafted under the direction of veteran winemaker Paul Hobbs. Paul is highly regarded for his ability to identify exceptional vineyards and for his pioneering spirit in working with new and historical sites and regions. He’s been twice named Wine Personality of the Year by Robert Parker, Jr. and is considered one of the world’s preeminent winemakers.

In their portfolio of wines, you’ll find exquisite Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc.  They have also taken on a particular goal of producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Ynez.

Union is a proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, sourced exclusively from Brave & Maiden’s singular estate in Santa Barbara Wine Country.

A deep red in the glass, the bouquet is reminiscent of dark, red fruits with hints of caramel, baking spice and sweet fruit with a hint of eucalyptus. The dense and structured palate is balanced with supple tannins, blackberry, and finishes with allspice and a touch of warmth that sports a long, elegant finish.  Now just $29.95.