In the context of science, “chaos theory” deals with nonlinear things that are impossible to predict or control: weather, turbulence, etc. In Jurassic Park, chaos theory influenced the prediction of protagonist Dr. Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum) that Isla Nublar was an accident waiting to happen. Well, we all know how that turned out. In the context of wine, “Chaos Theory” is an apropos name considering so many unpredictable factors influence and ultimately define the finished product.
The 2013 vintage of Chaos Theory from BROWN ESTATE in Napa Valley is comprised of 60% Zinfandel, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petite Sirah. The nose displays faint violet that carries over to the palate. Strawberry, rhubarb, bing cherry and bacon fat are also evident. A trace of oak and soft tannins give way to a persistent, polished finish. Ironically, structure is this wine’s defining characteristic.
As Nietzsche said, “from chaos, comes order.” So, too, does spectacular wine. –R.K.
Great Wine: Ancient Peaks Merlot