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Keith Emerson and Brian Brown began working together at Vineyard 29 during the harvest season of 2005. The vintage was marked by an excessively large crop, so big that many wineries turned fruit away at the crush pad. Brian’s parents owned a small vineyard in Oakville which was no exception to the bumper crop. Extra fruit from this property in the 2005 vintage would become the first Cabernet made together by the duo, and the Emerson Brown partnership was born. They have continually collaborated on Napa Valley Wines ever since.
Keith Emerson is a Boston native winemaker with more than 18 vintages to his credit. He produces wines from Napa, Sonoma, Oregon and Santa Cruz. Since 2005, he has focused his attention on his position as Director of Winemaking for Napa's Vineyard 29. His other pursuits are this partnership with Brian Brown, his various consulting gigs, and his personal Oregon Pinot Noir project, Sonria Wines.
Brian Brown earned his viticulture and enology degree from the University of California, Davis in 2001. After graduating, Brian worked harvests with Iron Horse Vineyards in Sonoma, Salitage in Pemberton, Australia, and Napa Wine Company in Oakville. Then Brian moved to Trefethen Vineyards as their enologist, where he learned to make balanced vineyard driven wines that express fruit qualities over winemaker manipulations. After he spent seven vintages as the winemaker at Round Pond Estate in Rutherford, California. He currently lives in Paso Robles and collaborates with Keith Emerson in Napa.
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