An unmistakable Brandlin terroir always announces itself—crushed stone,
bramble fruit, baking spices, bay, truffle and earth.
The wine always has a depth, focus, structure,
and complexity uncommon in Zinfandel. That is the hallmark of the Brandlin Vineyard. This 2005 is
a seductive, voluptuous, and seamless wine that will bring a smile to your face. The finish is smooth
and long with no hard edges, and aging in French oak adds another layer of complexity and
In 2005, late spring rains delayed flowering of the vines, but the summer months were mild,
followed by warm, nearly perfect conditions. The cool late summer was nerve-racking, but the
long slow ripening without the typical heat spikes during harvest resulted in long hang time and
wonderful flavor and color concentration in the grapes.
Bottling Date: February 14, 2007.
Maceration: 17 days.
15 months in 100% French Oak, 40% new