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The Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Proprietary Red Blend 2020 is a wine I found for $12 at a local wine shop. It is a collaboration between musician Zac Brown and John Killebrew, the winemaker for Delicato Family Vineyards, the makers of Gnarly Head and Coppola wines. Proprietary Blend indicates that the blend is unique to the winery, but a web search shows Zinfandel, Petit Sirah, and Syrah included.

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Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Proprietary Red Blend 2020

Zac Brown is a renowned American country music artist who has achieved significant success in his career. With his band, Zac Brown Band, he has released numerous chart-topping albums and singles, earning critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base. Known for their unique blend of country, rock, and pop influences, the band has consistently delivered memorable performances and heartfelt lyrics. In recent years, Zac Brown has expanded his musical horizons by collaborating with artists from various genres, showcasing his versatility and staying relevant in the ever-evolving music industry.

The label says this is a California wine meaning the grapes came from more than one main AVA, but the production notes tell that the winemaker visited each vineyard block regularly. Delicato has vineyards in Lodi, Napa, Sonoma, and the Central Coast. The 2020 vintage was not the greatest growing season, it was a mixture of cool weather and early rain to warm temps and heat spikes. But the grapes did achieve a long, full growing cycle.

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The Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Proprietary Red Blend 2020 was fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged in American and French oak barrels. Zac Brown and John Killebrew then tasted and blended the various lots to come up with the Proprietary blend. The alcohol content is 14.5%.

The Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Proprietary Red Blend 2020 Tasting Notes

The color is black cherry red. The nose is ripe blackberry, with a hint of smoke, dark chocolate, cherry, spice, and toasted vanilla. The Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Proprietary Red Blend 2020 is a dark, full-bodied Red Blend, sleek with rich flavors.

This Red Blend tastes like extracted blackberry, mocha coffee, soft spice, ripe plum, and black cherry. The mid-palate brings oak spice, vanilla, dried strawberry, and tart cranberry. The tannins are soft and the acidity allows the flavors to fully unfold.

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