Z. Alexander Brown wines announced the national launch of Z. Alexander Brown 2017 Uncaged Sauvignon Blanc from Grammy award-winning musician Zac Brown and Napa Valley Winemaker John Killebrew. The new varietal is the second white wine to join the portfolio following the release of 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands Uncaged Chardonnay in January.
Uncaged was inspired by Brown and Killebrew’s approach to crafting Z. Alexander Brown wines, and the title of Zac Brown Band's Grammy award-winning album.
Launched by Napa, Calif.-based Delicato Family Vineyards in January 2016, Z. Alexander Brown became the No. 1 new wine brand of the year, according to Nielsen data for the 52-week period ending Dec. 2, 2017.
"All of the Uncaged wines are complex, juicy and dynamic. We wanted to craft a food-friendly, versatile Sauvignon Blanc in a bold style with excellent acidity and balance. This wine is true to the variety, with fruit from prime North Coast vineyard sources," Killebrew said in a statement. "Sourced from Napa Valley, warmer Lake County Vineyards in the North Coast and cool southern Suisun Valley vineyards just south of Napa County, this Sauvignon Blanc expresses flavors indicative of the region in which the grapes were grown: juicy tropical passion fruit, mango and guava flavors are balanced by lemongrass notes, rounded out with refreshing and zesty lime and lemon citrus flavors."
Brown added: "Both wine and music are intangible — you can't stop either one in time and examine it carefully as they both change over time. Each has a lot of tone, feeling and texture. It's all a craft. No matter what the medium is, it all takes a lot of love, time and attention to detail to come out with a final product you know everyone will enjoy. Like songs, each new wine release is unique, and we are really excited about our new Sauvignon Blanc."
Brown’s dedication to craftsmanship is expressed not only in his music and wines, but in Southern Ground, the lifestyle brand he created to express his passions of originality, quality and philanthropy, including the Z. Alexander Brown portfolio, the company says. As part of Brown’s commitment to giving back to the community, his Southern Ground family of brands help to support his nonprofit passion project: Camp Southern Ground.
The inaugural 2017 vintage of Z. Alexander Brown Uncaged Sauvignon Blanc now is available nationally and has a suggest retail price of $19.99, the company says.