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Unbelievable quality for the price: this bargain shows what is great about distilling premium wine grapes. A VSOP, it outscored Delamain Pale & Dry and Martell Cordon Bleu in a series of expert tastings (1989). Ansley Coale: "I used to get buyers to taste it blind against Hennessy XO. The Craft Method always won". Lot–numbered.

This California Brandy coming from Mendocino County High in the hill country to the west of Ukiah on an isolated patch of ranch land a few buildings house an unlikely alambic Cognac still and stands of oak barrels quietly aging. Germain-Robin makes the greatest brandy in America, and in blind tastings with leading Cognacs, many experts prefer the richness of its California fruit to the leaner French brandies of the classic region.

91 Points Beverage Testing Institute

Very deep reddish brown color. Aromas of maple nut fudge, salted caramel, and mocha with a silky, fruity medium body and a long, smooth chocolate covered fruit, nut, lacquered wood, and delicate baking spice finish. Solid flavor with a sophisticated balance.
A real delight: clean, pure, wonderful and complex combination of delicacy and great flavor. Very limited (one barrel/year), hand-distilled, and superb apple brandy. Heirloom Sierra Beauty, Jonathon, Ben Davis, and Gravenstein apples from the Anderson Valley give this apple brandy depth, unusual length (Germain-Robin’s hallmark), and lots of life. A portion of the cider goes through malolactic fermentation, yielding creaminess and texture. Aged in Limousin and Missouri Oak.
Germain-Robin brandies have no alcoholic roughness. Due to their origin in premium table-wine grape varietals, Germain-Robin brandies are unusually aromatic and flavorful, with no hint of harsh alcohol. It is interesting to compare any of them to a glass of cognac. Germain-Robin has no "bite" naturally: from the high quality of the grapes we use. Good wines are complex. So are brandies made from good wine grapes. The characteristics of the individual grape varietal are concentrated by distillation: brandy distilled from sauvignon blanc is very different from brandy distilled from semillon. The rich variance of flavors and aromas among our varietal brandies allows us to assemble blends that are remarkably complex yet stay unusually balanced. Notice how many areas of your mouth get flavor when you taste.

World-class grapes give us rich flavor, yet the brandy remains subtle and delicate. The flavors are purer, cleaner and more genuine - no need for the oak flavoring, sugar, and caramel that European producers add to make up for their more neutral grapes, their harsher alcohols, and their use of huge aging tuns.

WE 96-100

The nosing passes discover seductive aromas of hazelnut, butterscotch, spice cake, pipe tobacco and honey. The palate entry offers succulent flavors of toasted bread, blueberries and light toffee; the midpalate features delightful tastes of brown sugar, cocoa, butterscotch, lychee, oak, vanilla, rancio, nougat and black plum. Concludes with elegance and grace.

- Wine Enthusiast
WE 90-95

The aroma features fig, prune, pastry dough, honey and maple scents. On palate, Louis XIII offers long and intensely woody flavors; additional layers of flavor, including figs, dates, prunes, dried apricot and vanilla, are featured at midpalate. Finishes elegantly, warm, smooth and more oaky than fruity succulent.