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.
"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. "