Legendary Gary Brookman: 2015 Brookman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Close your eyes and imagine standing on the porch of a cozy family home in Napa Valley. The breathtaking Mayacamas Range looms in the distance. This is the inspiring view that sparked the creation of Brookman Cellars (and the bottle label sketch of this view won’t let us lie!)
At the very heart of this winemaking journey is Gary Brookman. Now, let’s stop and talk about this man for a little moment.
Gary Brookman is the legendary winemaker who joined forces with the eccentric and visionary Dr. Jan Krupp to create a winemaking paradise known as the Stagecoach vineyard. This vineyard has become the holy grail of top-quality fruit for the most prestigious wineries out there. We're talking about the big players, the crème de la crème like Caymus, Paul Hobbs, Miner, Alpha Omega, Chappellet, Pride, Pahlmeyer, Palmaz... you name it! They all rely on the Stagecoach vineyard to work their magic. And let me tell you, these wines don't come cheap. Most of them go for over $100 per bottle.
You see, Gary’s not your average winemaker - he's a visionary who's turned winemaking into an art form. With a resume that includes some of the most iconic wineries in the country, Gary has been sprinkling his magic all over the wine industry. Picture this: 14 years at Joseph Phelps, 25 years crafting the finest wines at Miner, and let's not forget his memorable stint at Grace Family. All of these wines are prized Cabs that can reach mind-boggling prices of up to $200 per bottle... Talk about winemaking skills!
Now, here's where things get interesting. A significant portion of the Brookman Cabernet comes straight from Stagecoach, and once you taste it, you’ll understand what’s all the hype about… and you’ll join in singing its praises.
Brookman Cabernet is the wine that reminds me why I fell in love with wine in the first place. It’s the epitome of elegance, richness, and luxury. And let me tell you, this wine is not your "old school" Cab. It's the right way Cab should be expressed—suave, elegant, and utterly delightful. And as if that wasn’t enough. 2015 was a hell of a year in Napa Valley, scoring 97 points from Wine Advocate.