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JULY 2012

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WINERY UPDATE WITH A NEW WINEMAKER AND A FORWARD-THINKING WINERY PRESIDENT, BRASSFIELD ESTATE IS IN RENAISSANCE MODE S ix years ago, Anthony Dias Blue and I made the trek up to Lake County to visit Jerry Brassfield and experience one of the most awe-inspiring properties known to vine. The hour- and-a-half drive from Napa Valley included climbing, wind- ing roads that eventually led to the view of Clear Lake. The 20-mile long body of water—California's largest natural lake—is not only breathtak- ing, but also makes Lake County a special AVA. It invites ocean breezes inland, acting like a giant refrigerator, cooling the air and maintaining an environment within an environment for a variety of micro-climates and the potential for spectacular grape-growing. 82 / the tasting panel / july 2012

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