Pendray's // California, USA
Pendray's Distillery is the distilling arm of PasoPort Winery, a winery specializing in port-style wines in Templeton, California. This is a viognier-based brandy aged in the winery's white port 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.
"Whereas many grape brandies emphasize the effects of wood, the gentle ageing on this one allows the fruit and floral notes of the viognier to shine through. With a bit of pear on the aroma, the palate brings out elderflower, jasmine, peach, and the lightest hint of vanilla. It's a delightfully light and summery brandy, easy to sip and offering intriguing possibilities in cocktails."