• In 1979 the Schmidheiny Family of Switzerland purchased 400 acres of undeveloped land in the Carneros winegrowing region
• In 1980 the land was first planted mostly to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot. This represented one of the first major plantings within a contiguous area in the Carneros winegrowing region
• In 1987 Phylloxera was discovered in a corner of the estate. This required the entire vineyard be replanted, which was completed in 2004.
• In the late 1870’s the Brandlin family moved to Mt Veeder and first planted grapes.
• In 1926, the Brandlin Family purchased and planted the current Brandlin Vineyard site.
• In 1998, Cuvaison purchased the historic 170-acre Brandlin Vineyard on Mt Veeder.
• In 1999, Cuvaison planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc.
• In 2003 the inaugural release of Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon was celebrated.
Characteristics of Cuvaison
and the Carneros AVA
Cuvaison’s Carneros Estate Vineyard boasts 38 different blocks of Chardonnay, 23 blocks of Pinot Noir, one block of Merlot, five blocks of Syrah, and one block of Sauvignon Blanc.
Post Phylloxera planting was much different than the plantings of 1980. Cuvaison had gained greater knowledge and through extensive internal research led to the changes in all aspects of vineyard development.
These changes include rootstocks used (one to seven different types), clonal material (Chardonnay from one to a combination of thirteen clones and selections), row orientation, trellising systems and increased vine density.
The Carneros winegrowing region is characterized by fog and cool breezes from the San Pablo Bay. High temperatures during summer rarely exceed 80°F (27°C) with less diurnal range variation. Elevation is from 15 to 400 feet, and rainfall between 18 to 24 inches.
The Los Carneros terroir is that of gently rolling hills and dense, yet shallow clay soils. Yields are typically restrained by the hard claypan subsoil, which prevents deep-rooting.
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Merlot thrive in this setting, and are characterized as elegant, crisp, refreshing wines with floral and fruit nuances.
Characteristics of Brandlin
and the Mt Veeder AVA:
Our 170 acre historic Brandlin Vineyard is located on the southwest side of Napa Valley, in the Mount Veeder Appellation. This includes 12 blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, and one block each of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Zinfandel for a total of 38 acres.|
The climate is classified as cool to moderate, with most vineyards above the fog-line, resulting in warmer nights, cooler days, and less diurnal range than the valley floor. Typical mid-summer high temperatures are around 85°F (30°C). Elevation ranges from 600 to 2100 feet, with annual rainfall at 35 inches.
The soil composition is gravelly loam over shale, resulting in a well-drained and more acidic soil with low fertility. The vines on Brandlin Vineyard endure severe drought stress, which is typical of exposed peaks and free-draining mountain soils, and enables conditions renowned for producing powerful wines.
Divided into 16 sustainably-farmed blocks, our Brandlin Vineyard showcases the varied aspects in sun exposure, slope and soil composition. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Zinfandel are produced in low yields, giving red wines a firm, tannic structure with strong earth-berry aromas and rich, but powerful flavors. Ageability is a hallmark of Mt. Veeder wines and this is no exception on Brandlin Vineyard.