E & J VSOP Brandy
E & J // California, USA
The E & J in question are Ernest & Julio Gallo, the brothers who in 1933 founded their namesake winery, a giant still to this day in the world of wine-making. Their VSOP has no age statement (but is slightly older than their VS bottling). It is produced, bottled, and blended in California from a variety of grapes.
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.
"Slightly fewer primary fruits found like in the E & J VS, but the fruit is still there with a focus on cherry and pear. Violets are also found. As you taste the full-bodied brandy, you'll taste a moderately sweet spirit. Some vanilla cream is there and the liquid itself is much like you'd find in a chocolate covered cherry filled with booze. Not much length on the finish, but it's alright. Perhaps you should try it poured in Cherry Dr. Pepper."