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 BRANDLIN 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: $ 55.00 / bottle
2011 BRANDLIN Bald Mountain Zinfandel
"A shy vintage the 2011 Bald Mountain Zinfandel exhibits a complex mix of floral, fruit and earthy tones. Despite some fall rains, the sheer slopes of this mountain site effectively concentrate each berry. The general rich, jammy texture of this Zinfandel is accentuated with violets and rose petals, loganberry, boysenberry and a hint of soy and forest floor." - Steven Rogstad, Winemaker
2011 BRANDLIN Estate Zinfandel
"Our 2011 Brandlin Vineyard Zinfandel respects and reflects the Lilliputian yields and cool season character of the 2011 vintage. This translates into wines with a bright berry, floral, crisp, and slightly peppery spice character. The small crop lends lushness to the blend with a lovely crushed-berry aspect that balances the lavender and lilac notes. Eighty five years young, these vines continue to produce heady and precise wines that mirror the rugged terrain of our Brandlin Vineyard." - Steven Rogstad, Winemaker