Located high on the steep rocky slopes of Napa Valley’s acclaimed Mount Veeder, Brandlin Vineyard has earned renown as the source for some of California’s most exceptional mountain-grown wines. Made exclusively using grapes from the winery’s own Napa Green Certified vineyards, Brandlin’s small portfolio of wines is dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux-varietal red blends, and smaller amounts of Zinfandel. Crafted by longtime Winemaker Steve Rogstad—who has guided winemaking at Brandlin since its debut vintage—these wines have been hailed for their robust mountain structure and terroir-driven sophistication.
The story of Brandlin Vineyard began in the 1870s, when the Brandlin family acquired their homestead high on the steep slopes of Mount Veeder. As early pioneers on the mountain, the Brandlins farmed orchard fruit, ran the local grain store, and operated the Mount Veeder stagecoach. In 1926, Henry Brandlin added winegrower to the list of family businesses when he planted the vineyard’s original block of head-trained, dry-farmed Zinfandel. Today, Brandlin Vineyard encompasses almost 120 acres of pristine woodlands, and 50 acres of vines, spread across a ridgetop that rises from 900 to over 1,250 feet. Located above the fog line—like an island in the sky—the site features 12 exceptional blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, planted to five different clones, and smaller plantings of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Because of Mount Veeder’s altitude, rugged terrain and proximity to the cooling influence of San Pablo Bay, it regularly offers Napa Valley’s longest growing season and lowest average yields. As a result, Brandlin’s grapes are able to ripen to perfection, producing small and highly concentrated clusters and berries.
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