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Brandlin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

#24 wine in VinePair's Top 50 of 2018

A gorgeous bouquet of violets, rose petals, and fresh currant on the nose. The wine is quite lush and round on the attack, featuring lovely blackberry and boysenberry jam, with hints of mocha, toffee, and Saigon cinnamon. Our 2014 vintage is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon and rounded out with 10% Cabernet Franc, 7 % Malbec and 6% Petit Verdot all from our rugged, picturesque Brandlin Estate Vineyard on Mount Veeder.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: I have always been a fan of Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignons. The wines are often rich and deep, with excellent structure and firmness. The 2014 Brandlin is a clear example of the best wines from this AVA. TASTING NOTES: This wine comes up with bold berries, some cassis, and jamminess in its aromas and flavors. On the palate, it delivers excellent persistence making it a delicious pairing wine with a grilled ribeye. (Tasted: May 25, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
D 90
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Lively, green notes on the nose, complemented by a welcome rigidity and lack of flab on the palate. It is robust with firm tannins coated in a core of ripe fruit. Subtle for a mountain wine, with some elegance and persistence.
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Brandlin

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Brandlin, Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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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.

Mt. Veeder

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Centered at the peak for which it is named, Mount Veeder is Napa’s largest sub-AVA. But even though the entire appellation spreads over 16,000 acres, vineyards cover a mere 1,000. Scattered among Douglas firs and bristlecone pines, Mount Veeder vineyards extend south from the upper elevations of the Mayacamas Mountains—the highest point at 2,400 feet—to the border of the Carneros region. Twenty-two wineries produce wine from Mount Veeder fruit.

Winemaking began early in this appellation. In 1864, Captain Stelham Wing presented the first Mount Veeder wine to the Napa County Fair; it came from today’s Wing Canyon Vineyard. Prohibition, of course, halted winemaking and viticulture wasn’t revitalized until the founding of Mayacamas Vineyards in 1951 and Bernstein Vineyards in 1964.

The Bernstein Vineyards was actually home to the first Petit Verdot in California, planted in 1975. Today most of the Petit Verdot in Napa Valley originates from this vineyard.

Rocky volcanic clay and ancient seabed matter dominate Mount Veeder soils—perfect for Bordeaux varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot enjoy spectacular success. These varieties produce wines rich in brambly blackberry and black cherry fruit with herbal and floral aromatics. Structures are moderate to assertive and wines have great staying power.

Chardonnay from Mount Veeder is lush, full and balanced mineral and fresh citrus flavors.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is now the world's most planted grape variety. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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