E & J VS Brandy
E & J // California, USA
Ernest & Julio Gallo are the namesakes for the E & J Brandy portfolio. Their first brandy sold was in 1938, but their VS was released in 1975. The VS is the youngest in their brandy portfolio and is at least 2 years old. Bottled and blended from a variety of grapes in California.
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.
"Lots of fruit on the aroma, but it's not so certain that grapes are the focus. Pineapple, peaches, and cherries come to mind. Fairly full on the palate, the young fruit notes continue to dominate. A small amount of barrel spice and vanilla like you would find in a bourbon are found, but the fruit is the star."