Bravium is Latin for "gift." Winemaker, Derek Rohlffs, decided on the name referring to the land he farms as a gift. That coupled with his Cherokee heritage, which means "those who live in the mountains" pretty much set him on course.
However, that course didn't come until later in life as Derek received his degree in Environmental Studies, but switched course for marketing in the family business of gaming. His position took him all over the country, and in each place, he experienced different wines. The gift was still in him.
It finally surfaced in 1999 when he met and tasted wines with Bob Travers of Mayacamas in Napa, one of the most magnificent properties in the world. Tasting through vintages going back 30 years struck Derek with the notion that each bottle was an expression of the soil and grape and represented a bond between the two.
The calling had been made, and then his environmental training kicked in and the course was set. Well, after winemaking courses at U.C. Davis. Now the choice was choosing his gift. He settled on Mendocino, out of the bustle of Napa and in the mountains, honoring his heritage. Pinot Noir is a natural here. The climate and soil are partners, and it shows in the wine.
Our selection is perfection. The long growing season allowed for low alcohol, vibrant fruit, and extracted mouth feel. The burst of cherry balanced with acidity is just what was ordered for swordfish with harissa, Steak Diane, or wild boar sausages.