Germain-Robin Coast Road Reserve Brandy
Germain-Robin // California, USA
Founded in 1982, Germain-Robin is an artisanal brandy distillery in Mendocino County, California. Their Coast Road bottling is a brandy distilled mostly of pinot noir wine, but also include colombard and ehrenfelser wines. The brandies in this bottling range in age from 8-22 years of age and the aging takes place in Limousin oak.
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.
Cask TypeLimousin oak
"There's a pleasant harmony to the aroma of oak, berries, and a light floral quality. One note doesn't overtake the other. The brandy is light and vibrant on the palate leading to a dry and spice-filled finish. A bit of roasted character emerges at the end, but just a small dose. The brandy seems like it would be better suited to have as an aperitif with snacks BEFORE dinner rather than one to have after."