Germain-Robin Select Barrel XO Brandy
Germain-Robin // California, USA
Production is small for this Select Barrel XO bottling as only 10 barrels are made every year. About 80% of the wine used for distillation is comprised of pinot noir. On average, the brandy is about 17 years of age with the aging taking place in Limousin oak barrels.
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
"The aroma is full of wood spices and red fruit though the fruit is far from youthful and moving into the dried cherries profile and orange zest. A touch of vanilla and coconut add a nice accent. The brandy is not plush, but is pleasant and warming on your throat. The finish is where this brandy shines with a little touch of rancio which can be described as a burnt nutty and bitter quality. This would be well-suited as an after-dinner drink."