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Brandlin - Brandlin Estate Henry's Keep Proprietary Red Wine 2012

Overview

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.

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“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

Technical Details
  • Appellation: Mount Veeder, Napa Valley
  • Winemaker: Steve Rogstad
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
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  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Ttl Acidity: 6.0 g/L
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  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc

Recent News edit

Wine & Spirits Rating: 94

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

“Steven Rogstad, who also makes the wines at sister-winery Cuvaison, bases Henry’s Keep on Brandlin’s O-Block Cabernet, 15-year-old vines with a southwest exposition at 1,000 feet of elevation. In addition, 22 percent of the blend is made up of estate Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The wine captures the cool mountain savor of the site, a forest freshness that brings to mind ferns and conifers, even as the bright fruit and soil-driven tannins add substantial mass and intensity. The wine has edges to it, keeping its deep well of flavor focused and firm. This has a long life ahead.”