September Sampler Wine
The Brandlin Vineyard, to the best of recollection, was planted circa 1926 in the reign of Prohibition. Naturally wine was still being made for Sacramental purposes and home winemaking on a small scale was legal, so many growers focused on selling grapes to this market. Naturally the best part of the vineyard would be kept by the proprietor for his own stock. The Bootleg is our private reserve and whether it conjures up the spirit of the best prohibition era wines or the sense that a Bootleg, like a secret recording of a great musician, captures a unique and rare moment of pleasure.
In 2010 The Bootleg mines the best part of our Brandlin Vineyard, a southwest facing block of Cabernet Sauvignon, just over two acres that year over year stands above the rest of the vineyard. To this we blend a small amount of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the quantities which vary depending on the tenor of the vintage. In 2010, a generally cooler year on Mount Veeder The Bootleg is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13 % Malbec , 11% Petit Verdot and just 1% Cabernet Franc. The Malbec is the earliest ripener and brings all the pretty, hi-toned floral fruit to the blend, really lifting the aromas in the glass. The Petit Verdot is an inky, deep, blue-black wine with dark flavors and a kind of deep bass tone that really anchors the tannins in the blend. The Cab Franc is the mystery spice with, brushy, lavender, herbal notes that adds a little extra intrigue. Naturally, Cabernet Sauvignon is the star and dials up that wonderful mix of black currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit with shades of mocha, toffee and black tea.