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2010 BRAND CABERNET SAUVIGNON -- 91pts

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In this acclaimed vintage, BRAND 2010 shows great promise of excellence. Aromas of black cherry, violets and plums combine with plush texture and minerality. Powerful disciplined tannins on the palate, this is the essence of this wine. What a strong personality! This wine has the class of a "grand vin."

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
247 cases produced

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HARVESTED October 22, 2010

VINEYARD
The vineyard is located at an elevation of 1350’ high above Lake Hennessey in an area known as Pritchard Hill with well-drained rocky red volcanic soil and fortunate sun exposure above the cloud line. Temperature variations are more moderate than in Oakville at a lower elevation leading to the development of ideal definition and intensity of flavors. Strategic planting and diligent canopy management during the growing season oset intense sun and windy conditions.

VINTAGE
The gifts of our splendid location embraced the cool growing season of 2010. The grapes enjoyed extended time on the vine resulting in graceful balance in the glass. The 2010 Vintage was harvested on October 22nd.

VINIFICATION
The 2010 vintage was fermented in Stainless Steel on the skins for 41 days. The wine was aged in 82% new French oak. Barrels from several cooperages were utilized. After 26 months of aging the wine was bottled using gravity flow without fining and filtration.

Reviews >>

Wine Spectator — 91 points

Complex aromas of mint, bay leaf, fresh earth and dried berry are tightly wound and firmly tannic. The flavors extend on the finish, with dried anise and black licorice hints. Cellaring should tame the tannins.