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A brief history

High on the steep, rocky slopes of Napa Valley’s famed Mount Veeder, Brandlin Estate has earned renown as the source for some of California’s most extraordinary mountain-grown wines.

The story of Brandlin Estate began in the 1870s, when the Brandlins emigrated from Switzerland. Their alpine heritage led them to pioneer a homestead high on Mount Veeder. Where others saw challenges, they saw untapped potential, and soon the family was farming orchard fruit, and running the local grain store and stagecoach.
In 1926, Henry Brandlin added winegrowing to the list of family businesses when he planted the first vines at Brandlin Estate—vines that still thrive today.

Located above the fog line, like an island in the sky, Brandlin Estate spans 120 acres of pristine woodlands, and 49 acres of vines spread across a ridgetop that rises to over 1,250 feet. The wines of Brandlin Estate honor the classic terroir of Mount Veeder, offering luxurious fruit, velvety plushness and an ideal union of power and grace. With its high altitude, decomposed granite soils and proximity to the cooling influence of San Pablo Bay, Mount Veeder regularly offers Napa Valley’s longest growing season and lowest average yields. As a result, our estate grapes ripen to perfection, producing small, highly concentrated clusters and berries. Planted as a mosaic of small vineyard blocks to accentuate the site’s diversity, Brandlin Estate includes 12 blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, featuring five different clones, small blocks of Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, as well as the coveted old-vine Zinfandel planted by the Brandlin family in 1926. In keeping with our commitment to the environment and our belief in preserving the beauty and vitality of our historic vineyard for generations to come, Brandlin Estate is Napa Green Certified.

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1221 Duhig Road
Napa Valley, California, United States

Brandlin Estate Wines

Featured Wines

Brandlin Estate Henry's Keep Red Wine Bottle Preview
Brandlin EstateHenry's Keep Red Wine

2015 is a vintage of power and concentration, and our Henry’s Keep boasts flavors of black currants, violets, camphor, black tea and rose oil. This is a deliciously complex wine, with layers of flavors that unwind from its black-fruited, mountainous core. The soils, elevation and climate have united in such a uniquely magical way, producing a wine of intensity and ageability.

Brandlin Estate Estate Grown Red Wine Bottle Preview
Brandlin EstateEstate Grown Red Wine

Our 2017 Brandlin Red Blend explores the synergy of Bordeaux varieties. The floral and jammy fruit elements from our mountainside Malbec and Petit Verdot come to the forefront, alongside lovely notes of black fruit, currant, spice, mocha-cocoa and black cassis from our Cabernet Sauvignon, adding firm and supple tannins to carry the flavors along through its silky finish.

Brandlin Estate Bald Mountain Zinfandel Bottle Preview
Brandlin EstateBald Mountain Zinfandel

A gorgeous 2018 vintage produced stunning fruit on Bald Mountain; longer hang time led to terrific flavor and beautifully structured wines. Our 2018 Zinfandel, Bald Mountain is a blend of Zinfandel rounded out with a small amount of Petite Syrah. These two varieties complement one another, resulting in a wine that is forward with dark, jammy fruit displaying notes of boysenberry, black cherry and plum, finishing with firm tannins that give length on the palate.

Brandlin Estate Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle Preview
Brandlin EstateEstate Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2018 vintage was a long, slightly cool season, devoid of heat spikes and late rains which offered ample hangtime through a glorious autumn for the fruit to mature without losing its underpinning structure and true character. The beauty of this ridgetop vineyard is its ability to produce wines of structure and balance. Our 2018 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the essence of Mount Veeder, a beguiling balance of complex, sophisticated aromatics and fruit intensity wed to a core of taut yet silky tannins. Notes of cassis, lingonberry, black cherry, and crushed cocoa come to the fore with hints of violets, thyme, black tea, and kirsch all layer on a bed of velvety tannin.

Brandlin Estate ThS Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle Preview
Brandlin EstateThS Cabernet Sauvignon

Our 2016 Brandlin ThS Cabernet Sauvignon is the ultimate bottling from our Brandlin Estate. Blended with a touch of Malbec and Petit Verdot, this wine offers notes of blackberry, black cherry, cassis, and violet aromas of sandalwood, cardamom, cocoa, and mocha. Fine grained, silky tannins with a velvety core of plush fruit give the wine weight and volume, but also a well-honed balance. Its 30 months in barrel allowed the wine to soften and marry while integrating the oak and tannin with an ample core of fruit. Named in honor of Thomas Schmidheiney, proprietor of Brandlin, the ThS honor’s the family’s legacy and commitment to world class wines.

Brandlin Estate Old Vine Zinfandel Bottle Preview
Brandlin EstateOld Vine Zinfandel

2018 was a beautifully even vintage, somewhat cooler than the preceding vintages, allowing the vines ample hang time in ideal conditions. Coming from vines that are over 90 years old and completely dry farmed, this wine offers fresh, crushed berry character and innate mountain concentration which comes to the fore in a clean, sophisticated, and evenly stylized Zinfandel. This is a fine, distinctive, and evocative wine, showcasing a sense of place. Notes of bright berry and raspberry preserve with hints of violet and bay leaf spice uniquely distinguish this site from other Zinfandel vineyards, while our dry farming technique lends concentration and a nice sweet chewiness to the tannins, pulling you back for another taste.