In June of this year, we began to quietly distribute the very first wine bearing the Brave & Maiden label, a proprietary red blend called “Union.” Suffice it to say, Union’s reception has been breathtaking.
How did we name Union? Glad you asked.
We’re often asked by those unfamiliar with our wines whether Brave & Maiden Estate is a “Bordeaux house” or a “Rhône house”—whether we’ll produce wines of the grape varietals historically associated from one of those two French wine growing regions.
The answer is simple. We’re a Santa Ynez house.
We grow and bottle the grape varietals that thrive in our own region and, especially, on our estate in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. While the grapes of Bordeaux dominate our vineyard, we cannot deny that Syrah, a traditionally Rhône varietal, grows beautifully here right alongside the noble Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
It was fitting, then, to introduce Brave & Maiden Estate to the world in the form of a red blend that unites the best of our vineyard’s Bordeaux and Rhône fruit.
Hence the name.
A blend of Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, the 2011 Union is a true expression of our estate vineyard, and we believe, the Santa Ynez Valley. To the nose, you may notice hints of black cherry and smoke, plum and vanilla, raspberry and leather. The palate matches the nose with tastes of black cherry, raspberry, rhubarb, and plum enveloped in a layer of smoky vanilla.
If you’d like to discover our debut wine, Union, for yourself, please search using our Find tool for a location in California. Should you be interested in a personal shipment, please contact us directly.