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.
Legacy Story: Henry’s Keep is Brandlin’s flagship wine, a proprietary red blend comprised of the highest quality grapes from the Brandlin Vineyard. “Henry’s Keep” pays homage to the family patriarch, Henry Brandlin, who would “keep” from each vintage a selection of the estates’ most exceptional grapes for his family’s own bottled wine. Continuing that tradition, the Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a small, western- facing block that consistently produces rich and intensely concentrated fruit. Blended with a selection of each vintage’s finest Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the result is a compelling and complex wine.
“Our 2012 is a classically styled wine displaying notes of black cherry, blackberry, violets, cocoa, mocha and crème de cassis. A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon from our prized “O” block and fleshed out with 9% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Much of the aromatic perfume is supplied from the floral driven Malbec with accents of violets and spice courtesy of the Cab Franc, while the Petit Verdot provides a deep bass tone, blue and black fruits with mouth-coating tannin. An idyllic vintage, 2012 crafted wines of archetypal structure and style.” – Steve Rogstad, Winemaker
Score: 94 PointsWine & Spirits Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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