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.
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.
“Multilayered with notes of black currants, violets, camphor and black cherry, the wine is quite round with tones of rose petals and boysenberry. The more aromatic components, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, give way to mocha-inflected coffee and black tea notes. The vintage is sneaky-powerful as wines appear floral and charming on the nose but pack a robust punch on the palate.” — Steven Rogstad, Winemaker
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