Mouth Exclusive Single Barrel BrandyMADE BY GERMAIN-ROBIN IN UKIAH, CALIFORNIA
We are proud to introduce Germain-Robin Batch #2012E, Barrel #128, bottled exclusively for Mouth. This brandy is shockingly smooth and delicate with beautiful flavors of spectacular California grapes. It's simply one of the best things we've ever tasted – a masterpiece!
We were honored when the distillers at Germain-Robin offered us our own private single barrel. We are huge fans of their spectacular brandies, so it was a "pinch me" moment when we sat down with them in our tasting room. We tried quite a few samples, but the first blew us away. We had to have it.
Cognac fans will surely swoon, but newcomers to brandy will also be quickly charmed by how wonderful this rare spirit can be.
Now for a few nerdy details: Roughly 70% is French Colombard from Ricetti Vineyards in Redwood Valley, CA distilled in 1994 and 2 different years of Sémillon from McDowell Valley Vineyards in Hopland, CA distilled in 1994 and 2004. The rest is a mix of small amounts of other brandies made from local grapes including other French Colombard and Sémillon along with Pinot Noir, Viognier, Zinfandel and Chardonnay.
Each grape was separately fermented, distilled and aged before being blended together for a final aging in the barrel we purchased. Also worth mentioning is that the aging is done in Limousin oak that has been painstakingly air dried (instead of the typical faster kiln drying which diminishes the flavor) and the final product is brought down to proof with filtered rain water.
And every label was actually hand-numbered by our CEO, Craig Kanarick. (He's a hands-on manager!)
Um, we know what we want as our holiday gift this year.
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The best way to drink great brandy like this is to sip it from a snifter while sitting in a comfy chair in front of a roaring fire. You could also swap this into any of your favorite whiskey cocktails, like the sidecar: Shake 1 1/2 oz brandy, 3/4 oz Fruitlab Organic Orange Liqueur and 3/4 oz freshly squeeze lemon juice with plenty of ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.