Peter Franus Brandlin Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder|
Our 2017 is essentially opaque with a youthful dark ruby edge. The nose offers a mélange of classic cassis, thyme, sweet oak, and anise. The mouth is deep, rich and layered, leading toward expansive flavors. Ample tannins are surprisingly smooth and integrate well. Structured with appropriate acidity and backbone, the wine offers another example of “mountain fruit” that can indeed be tamed. Still a youngster, the wine will continue to evolve and reward down the road.
Very solidly built, with a frame of warm earth and singed juniper around a core of steeped plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors. Lots of sassafras and sweet bay leaf notes gild the finish, leaving a mouthwatering echo. Drink now through 2032. 184 cases made.
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Brandlin Vineyard is a gorgeous Mt. Veeder Cabernet. Black cherry, grilled herbs, menthol, licorice, game, incense and graphite infuse the 2017 with striking savory layers of nuance. Dark and muscular with powerful tannins, the 2017 needs time to come into its own. Even so, it is impressive in the early going.