Since its debut vintage in 2003, Steve Rogstad has guided the winemaking at Brandlin Vineyard, crafting wines that have earned renown for their vineyard-inspired depth and complexity, robust mountain structure and age-worthiness.
In the Vineyard: Brandlin is a Napa Valley estate that produces wine from a small, historic vineyard in the Mount Veeder appellation. Overlooking Napa Valley from its 1,250 foot perch, the estate is planted to 38 acres of Bordeaux varieties. These sustainably farmed, low yielding vines produce intensely concentrated grapes, resulting in wines that eloquently express this rare and rugged mountain site. These wines pay homage to the Brandlin family, which began farming wine grapes on Mount Veeder in the 1870s. In 1998 Cuvaison Estate Wines was honored by Chester Brandlin with rights to purchase Brandlin Vineyard. Today, we continue the family’s tradition of nurturing and farming the vine-yard by hand.
The 2014 growing season kicked off early as the valley experienced a warmer and milder winter than normal. Late winter rains provided hydration to the vines and the rocky, weathered mountain soils on Mount Veeder drove intense concentration, color and tannin producing wines with great staying power and ageability.
“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.” — Steve Rogstad, Winemaker
Score: 90 PointsDecanter Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Score: 90 PointsVinous Author: Antonio Galloni
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