Conneaut Cellars Cussewago Blanc
Conneaut Cellars // Pennsylvania, USA
As the producer’s name implies, Conneaut Cellars are mostly concerned with the business of growing grapes and making wine. They are located in the Northwest corner of Pennsylvania in what is considered the Lake Erie wine region. A selection of European and American hybrid grapes are vinified and this particular unaged brandy is distilled from the Vidal variety. A classic copper-steam hybrid still is used for the process.
American BrandyProduced in the US, this is usually referring to brandy distilled from grape-based wine. If the producer uses other fruit, it must be stated on the label. If aged under two years in oak, it must state the word "immature" on the label. Beyond that, labels such as VS, VSOP, and XO mean little as the brands themselves dictate what that means to them.
"Immediately this eau-de-vie has a character very similar to Pisco. The aromas have a wild character suggesting fresh-cut grass, dried citrus skin, and white pepper. The palate has an impressive richness for a clear spirit and carries more earthy and mineral driven components than the nose. The finish is clean with a lingering sense of salinity. Overall, a pleasant spirit that perhaps lacks a bit of complexity."