In 2014, we return to the grace embodied in the 2012 vintage, with aromas of red raspberry, white pepper, allspice, and a hint of smokiness.
Flavors burst on the scene and harmonize with black cherry, cranberry, cinnamon, and pepper in a firm and lively structure that begs for food! Bright, youthful, and delicious!! This is a wine that will certainly age, and reminds me of both the outstanding 2007 and 2012.
We were rewarded with another outstanding vintage in 2014—in fact I just checked my notes and my comment on the final day of harvest, “sensational!” Sunshine and a warm dry spring gave way to mild and ideal growing conditions throughout the summer. An uneventful growing season without extremes is always welcome.
Harvest began early and finished early, avoiding the potentially cool and rainy autumn conditions.
Bottling Date: March 3, 2016.
We ferment our Zinfandels at temperatures slightly lower than those for Bordeaux reds to accentuate the zesty and forward fruit character of the variety. Fermentation: 10 days, peak temperature 84º
Aging exclusively in Burgundian French oak barrels adds complexity as well as refinement to the wine. 17 months in 100% French Oak, 35% new “Burgundian Coopers”.
The 2014 Brandlin is medium dark ruby,