The wines of Brandlin reflect the classic Mount Veeder terroir — rich fruit and great tannin structure. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are tended in distinct blocks, imparting profound character and complexity. At harvest, grapes are hand-picked, hand-sorted, de-stemmed and gravity fed into small fermentation vats. Traditional winemaking methods include cold soaking, extended maceration on the skins, aerative pumpovers and nearly two years of aging in French oak barrels. Brandlin’s commitment to viticulture and winemaking in a state-of-the-art winery results in wines that are outstanding from vintage to vintage.
2012 Henry’s Keep Proprietary Red Wine
Henry’s Keep pays homage to Henry Brandlin’s practice of holding back and producing his family wine from the best grapes on the vineyard. Our 2012 is a classically styled wine displaying notes of black cherry, blackberry, violets, cocoa, mocha and crème de cassis. A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon from our prized “O” block and fleshed out with 9% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Much of the aromatic perfume is supplied from the floral driven Malbec with accents of violets and spice courtesy of the Cab Franc, while the Petit Verdot provides a deep bass tone, blue and black fruits with mouth-coating tannin. An idyllic vintage, 2012 crafted wines of archetypal structure and style. – Steven Rogstad, Winemaker
Price: $ 98.00 / bottle
2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Our 2012 is overflowing with boysenberry, black cherry and dark, plummy fruit. The excellent growing season and slow ripening we inevitably enjoy on this mountaintop estate tends to really focus and concentrate the flavors in our Cabernet Sauvignon. Along with the rich fruit profile we find plenty of aromatic intrigue, with playful notes of olive and sage as well as coffee, cocoa and hints of mocha. The 2012 offering is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Complex and plush the wine finishes with long, silky tannins that are round and persistent on the finish. Enjoy now, or lay down for long cellaring as this wine should drink well over the next 10 to 20 years. – Steven Rogstad, Winemaker
Price: $ 68.00 / bottle
2013 Zinfandel Bald Mountain Vineyard
From a lovely aerie, high on Bald Mountain, we each year bottle an exquisite and powerful rendition of Zinfandel, culled from these stately old vines. A blend of 80% Zinfandel and 20% Petite Sirah, our 2013 is an inky, full-bodied, lush, jammy wine. Black cherry, boysenberry and ripe blackberry notes on the nose with a touch of espresso bean. This north facing vineyard ripens slowly, delivering richly scented and opulent wine that bears the stamp of mountain grown fruit.
- Steve Rogstad, Winemaker
Price: $ 40.00 / bottle
2013 Estate Malbec
Our Brandlin vineyard is home to a few acres of Malbec, an essential component of our Henry’s Keep Proprietary Red Wine, much prized for its lovely aromatics and plush tannins. In 2013 we held a few barrels aside to bottle on its own and share what a gorgeous wine Mountain Grown Malbec can be as the lead variety. It starts with the heady floral notes, violets and lavender, with bright, brambly fruit on the nose. The flavors round out with rich dark fruit and a light, loamy, earthy tone that lingers on the lush finish. Neither Bordeaux nor Argentinian, enjoy a Mount Veeder Malbec as only we can grow it.
- Steven Rogstad, Winemaker
Price: $ 40.00 / bottle