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Brandlin Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Member Review by Wine Fire:

This is an enormously complex masterpiece that evolves continuously over 24 hours. Ephemeral notes of licorice, plum, flowers (lavender and violet) greet at first sniff. At one hour, although still a bit tight, a variety of aromas and tastes make their appearance fleetingly, sparking interest. At 2 ½ hours, the wine begins to open on the palate to a broad array of sweet and sour fruits, with strong, velvety tannins and salivating acidity surrounding the tongue -- one senses that this is only the beginning. Tannins soon cotton-ball the mouth, reinforcing the wonderful, exuberant acidity and counterpointing the rich, vibrant sourness with a mild but lively semi-sweetness. At 3 hours, the mouth tingles with tannins, while exuberantly tart fruit intertwines with pulsating pops of sweeter tastes, including plum, black cherry, chocolate and licorice, dancing from middle to back and across the top, and all the while the sides of the tongue are salivating. At 4 ½ hours, mouth-filling acidity continues to explode, balancing the lively tart black fruits with charcoal, coffee, licorice, lavender, spice, salivating plum, and a powerful backbone of velvety tannins. Just as good, if not better, at 24 hours.

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Brandlin Vineyard:
Brandlin Vineyard is located on a Mount Veeder ridgeline, in the southern Mayacamas Range on Napa Valley’s west side. Perched at 900 to 1,150 feet in elevation, the vineyard is divided into 15 discrete blocks facing every point on the compass. This block differentiation leverages the site’s varied aspects in sun exposure, slope and soil composition, each providing distinct fruit characteristics... Read more
Brandlin Vineyard is located on a Mount Veeder ridgeline, in the southern Mayacamas Range on Napa Valley’s west side. Perched at 900 to 1,150 feet in elevation, the vineyard is divided into 15 discrete blocks facing every point on the compass. This block differentiation leverages the site’s varied aspects in sun exposure, slope and soil composition, each providing distinct fruit characteristics. In addition to the high elevation, the vineyard’s location in the southern section of the Mount Veeder AVA, provides more moderate temperatures than much of the Napa Valley. Fruit ripens slowly, and harvest may take place from late September to early November. Steep slopes of schisty, gravelly loam on shale provide the quick drainage, low yields and drought stress typical of true mountain sites. Grapes develop a high skin to flesh ratio, resulting in richly concentrated wines of great complexity, with firm tannin structure for long-term aging. Read less

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Snooth User: Wine Fire
577933841
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 09/15/2010

This is an enormously complex masterpiece that evolves continuously over 24 hours. Ephemeral notes of licorice, plum, flowers (lavender and violet) greet at first sniff. At one hour, although still a bit tight, a variety of aromas and tastes make their appearance fleetingly, sparking interest. At 2 ½ hours, the wine begins to open on the palate to a broad array of sweet and sour fruits, with strong, velvety tannins and salivating acidity surrounding the tongue -- one senses that this is only the beginning. Tannins soon cotton-ball the mouth, reinforcing the wonderful, exuberant acidity and counterpointing the rich, vibrant sourness with a mild but lively semi-sweetness. At 3 hours, the mouth tingles with tannins, while exuberantly tart fruit intertwines with pulsating pops of sweeter tastes, including plum, black cherry, chocolate and licorice, dancing from middle to back and across the top, and all the while the sides of the tongue are salivating. At 4 ½ hours, mouth-filling acidity continues to explode, balancing the lively tart black fruits with charcoal, coffee, licorice, lavender, spice, salivating plum, and a powerful backbone of velvety tannins. Just as good, if not better, at 24 hours.


Snooth User: vino vinny
78476426
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/27/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: Wine Fire
577933841
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/30/2011

This powerful wine evolves over three hours to reach a height of complexity and balance. The nose opens to a full array of herbs, flowers, minerals and fruits, surrounding lead notes of charcoal, cocoa bean, pepper, straw and violet. A rich core of herbs dominates the aromatics throughout the journey. The palate launches to a strong herbal heat, full of pepper and spice, on the top and back, with violets, lavender, licorice, dark chocolate, cocoa bean, charcoal, currant and black cherry on the middle. The long, herbaceous finish is sustained by a powerful tannic scaffolding that allows the spread of flavors to drift throughout the palate. In time, the taste array broadens, integrating the initial tannic astringency into a more balanced medley, allowing for an increasingly spicy conclusion as the array separates and amplifies the core flavors, becoming an elegant, complex wine at 3 hours. A gorgeously tangy acidity works with the tannins to support a tart background containing fruits and flowers that contrast with the acerbic herbs, dark chocolate and cocoa bean flavors, offering a counterpoint to what could otherwise have been a less multi-dimensional outcome. After three hours, the wine becomes increasingly dry, a factor which changes the mouthfeel from silky to velvety and places the finish in bold relief. The wine improves when paired with food, especially beef and spiced vegetables.




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