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2013 BRAND proprietary blend

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Our proprietary blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon boasts aromas of ripe plum, cassis, blueberry, and lavender intertwined with cedar and a dash of herbs. Full bodied and textured, its round tannins deliver an undeniable elegance and finesse, all the while showcasing intricate flavors that evolve with each impression. While hard to resist now, it surely will mature and display even greater complexity with time.

80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
185 cases produced

Vineyard / Vintage / Vinification >>

HARVESTED September 26th- October 2nd, 2013

At an elevation of up to 1600 feet overlooking Lake Hennessey on Pritchard Hill is the well-drained rocky red volcanic soil above the cloud and fog line; the ultimate vineyard environment of BRAND.

A warm, dry spring brought early bud break and ideal conditions for flowering. Throughout the season, temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity providing excellent phenolic and flavor maturity.

Grapes were sorted in the field and winery, and then fermented in small, jacketed stainless steel tanks. Barrel aging occurred in 60% new French Oak for 22 months before the wine was then bottled without fining or filtration.

Reviews >>

The Wine Advocate — 96 pts.

The 2013 Proprietary Blend Estate, which is an 80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon blend, exhibits a deep purple color and a sweet kiss of licorice, red, blue and black fruits galore, subtle background oak and lead pencil notes as well as earth. This is a rich, concentrated, broad, flavorful wine that handsomely complements the full-throttle Cabernet cuvée. Similar to its sibling [BRAND Cabernet Sauvignon], it has 20-30 years of upside to it.