Ian and Heather Brand founded I. Brand Family Wines in California’s Central Coast in 2008. Ian’s first winery job was with Bonny Doon Winery; then after four years as Assistant Winemaker at Big Basin Vineyards, he and Heather decided to launch a wine project of their own. I. Brand uses organic and sustainable farming practices, tending to their 20+ year old vines. Ian strives to produce compelling wines from remote vineyard sites in the often-overlooked Monterey Bay area*, with minimal interference to allow each wine to express itself and let its idiosyncrasies shine. In 2018 Ian was named the San Francisco Chronicle’s Winemaker of the Year.
This bottling is 100% Cabernet Franc from vineyards located in Tres Pinot Creek—along San Andreas Fault Line—at only 800-foot elevation. A great locale for Cabernet Franc to exhibit Loire-like structure combined with the bright fruit befitting the California sunshine. The grapes were picked at moderate sugars and vinified whole berry (10% whole cluster) with spontaneous yeasts and a 20-day maceration in open-top fermenters. It was aged 11 months on the lees in neutral barrels and puncheons. Naturally bright and low alcohol.
Juicy red summer fruit strawberry watermelon pomegranate fresh cut roses. Hint of peppery spice on the finish. Simply delicious! Enjoy with a slight chill. 500 cases produced.
*The Paicines AVA is south of Hollister in San Benito County. The drive down Hwy 25 from Hollister to King City parallels 101 to the west, but is a meandering two-lane road, much more remote, and traverses some of the most spectacular spring wildflowers displays we have ever seen.