Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
The elevation of Mt. Veeder gave Brandlin a distinct advantage in 2005, as steep slopes shed both excess rain and cold air, allowing the fruit to ripen in warmer, drier conditions than experienced on the Valley floor. Exposure to western breezes also aided in keeping our fruit drier and allowing the skins (which are the source of so much color, flavor and tannin) to thicken and intensify as the season wore on.
Deep ruby red
Cocoa, cassis, plum, boysenberry and hints of anise dominate the nose.
On first tasting, the wine is laden with concentrated mountain fruit, followed by a bright beam of black cherry and black currants. A tinge of coffee and olive underlie the fruit, with a round finish and chewy tannins.
Wine Enthusiast - "This is an excellent young Cabernet Sauvignon that will take some bottle age. Coming on the heels of the high-scoring 2004, it's full-bodied and extraordinarily rich, with intense blackberry, black currant, chocolate, coffee and cedar flavors, wrapped into near-perfect tannins. Shows great grapes and a deft winemaking hand. "
Rugged… Isolated… First settled by the Brandlin family, historic Brandlin ranch is a 170-acre pearl on Mount Veeder, overlooking the Napa Valley.
As early as the 1870s, the Brandlins settled on these steep, rocky slopes, becoming grape growing pioneers in Napa’s Mount Veeder region.
Chester Brandlin with over 50 years of experience, they staked their claim to the Brandlin Ranch and planted their own vineyards in 1926. View all Brandlin Wines
About Napa Valley
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.