Eddie Bratton was not only the original founder of our garage, but also a pretty damn famous Indian Motorcycle racer, daredevil and a hell of a mechanic. While uncovering a few old photographs from Eddie's racing days, we thought it was a fine time to pay tribute to him. Eddie is an exhilarating Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec that smells like lush cassis, vanilla, cigar smoke and worn leather. This wild thing is balanced and textured, bursting with flavors of vanilla, coffee dusted truffles and mocha.
After his days of racing and hell-raising ended, you could find Eddie in his Calistoga garage, wrenching away on his prized '47 Indian Chief bike until he retired in the early '80s. If you asked anybody around town about an old motorcycle mechanic, they knew you meant Eddie. There was no one better than our longtime comrade and collaborator, Shawn Barber, to paint us a collage of the old photos. One shows Eddie breaking speed records on a desolate beach on the central coast and another of him leading the pack at the Catalina Island Grand Prix. He perfectly captured Eddie's grit and zest for life that continues to inspire us.
Hangin' up the racing helmet.
Appellation: Napa Valley
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec