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.
2011 Henry’s Keep Proprietary Red Wine
Henry’s Keep is Brandlin’s flagship wine, a proprietary red blend comprised of the highest quality grapes from the Brandlin Vineyard. “Henry’s Keep” pays homage to the family patriarch, Henry Brandlin, who would “keep” from each vintage a selection of the estates’ most exceptional grapes for his family’s own bottled wine. Continuing that tradition, the Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a small, western-facing block that consistently produces rich and intensely concentrated fruit. The 2011 is 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Perched on an aerie, well above the fog line our steep, free draining mountain soils work to wick away moisture from our vines. In a dramatic vintage like 2011 this worked perfectly to our advantage as our late-ripening Vineyard easily weathered the early October storm, allowing our fruit ample hang-time to fully ripen. A richly nuanced wine, rife with violets, rose petals, black currants and cassis. Ample, yet well-knit tannins support the dark, plummy, black cherry and blackberry fruit accented with notes of vanilla, sandalwood, mocha and black tea. – Steven Rogstad, Winemaker
Price: $ 98.00 / bottle
2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 was our latest vintage ever, with Cabernet Sauvignon being harvested on our Mount Veeder estate in the second week of October. The steep, free-draining soils of our Brandlin Vineyard helped keep the soil dry and our fruit concentrated in what was a cool and late ripening season. The 2011 is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 22 months in small French oak barriques, the wine showcases red and black currants on the nose with boysenberry, black cherry and an intriguing hint of black tea. The bright mountain fruit is fleshy and dense and backed with some warm caramel, toffee notes and a long, cassis laden finish. – Steven Rogstad, Winemaker
Price: $ 60.00 / bottle
2012 Bald Mountain Zinfandel
A magical corner of Mount Veeder, Bald Mountain Zinfandel lies on a northwest facing flank, about mid-slope, where a perched bench provides enough soil to dry farm these old vines, lending terrific concentration and charisma to the resulting wine. Our 2012 boasts sandalwood, sage, blackberry and sassafras. A savory, rich wine packed with black cherry, cocoa and boysenberry jam that’s bold up front but quite smooth and soft on the finish.
2012 Estate Zinfandel
Our 2012 Brandlin Zinfandel captures the essence of Old Vine Zin, where delicate floral tones (rose petals) mingle with crushed red berries and dark, jammy plums. The wine also has a nice spice element, star anise and a hint of bay leaf. On the palate the flavors of raspberry, blackcherry and boysenberry jam come to the fore, while texturally the wine is quite lush with medium-bodied tannins and a silky, long, bright finish. These 88 year old vines continue to amaze us with the beauty and elegance displayed in this wine. - Steven Rogstad, Winemaker