While The Brander Vineyard has long been renowned for our Sauvignon Blancs, we are also very proud of our distinctive, classically Bordeaux-styled Cabernets. This 2012 vintage offers gorgeous, pure fruit and presents an attractive, translucent dark ruby in the glass. A nose of crème de cassis, dried sour cherry, kirsch, and Madagascar vanilla bean, leads into beautifully delineated minerality on the very classy palate, accompanied by notes of new leather, raspberry, curing tobacco, and blueberry.
Cases Produced: 1794
Vineyard Sources: 100 Brander Estate
Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Dates: October 10, 2012 - October 25, 2012
Chemistry of grapes: Average 23.8 Brix; Average pH: 3.46
Winemaking: The estate grapes were 100% destemmed, separately fermented in small lots, and punched down by hand multiple times daily during fermentation. The wine was then pressed 100% into small French oak barrels, where it was aged for 10 months before final blending. This wine received a very gentle filtration prior to bottling.
Bottling date: September 6th, 2013
Optimal drinking window: 2014-2018.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, July 2014 - 85 points
"supple, fruit-driven wine to drink now".