Brander Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley
Bordeaux varieties, both red and white, are the focal point at this property. Decent reds are made in a markedly structured style but the Sauvignon Blancs are perhaps the most striking wines. Like the reds they are more Bordeaux-like than many other New World examples. The Santa Ynez bottling is softly structured with a hint of subtle gooseberry fruit and a touch of minerality discernible on the palate. Au Naturel and Cuvée Nicolas are limited-production bottlings, the latter with 25% Sémillon and part barrel-fermentation. Merlot is soft and forward, as is the regular Cabernet Sauvignon. The Reserve Cabernet is blended with a little Merlot and comes from vines now over 25 years old that yield barely more than a ton to the acre. Youthfully hard and quite austere this needs 4 or 5 years to begin to soften. Syrah and Cabernet Franc are also made. (DM)
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