Brander Vineyard and Winery Brander Merlot, Los Olivos District Review
When I first started visiting wine country, this was one of the wineries I visited. I found the wines to be relatively affordable then, and they’re surprisingly affordable now. Plus, I’m a sucker for Merlot — the California wine industry’s most underappreciated red wine grape!
Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick |
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About this Wine
Wine: 2018 Brander Merlot, Los Olivos District
Blend: 100% Merlot
Region: Santa Ynez Valley, Central Coast, California
Cases produced: 676
I consumed it: September 2022
My source: The Gold Wine Club by Gold Medal Wine Club
From this winery: Brander Vineyard and Winery
Wine color/style: Red wine
Grape variety or blend: Merlot
Other characteristics: Small production
Brander Merlot, Los Olivos District: What I think
It was great to receive this particular wine from the Gold Club. When I first started visiting wine country, this was one of the wineries I visited. I found the wines to be relatively affordable then, and they’re surprisingly affordable now. It was neat to get a snapshot of what they’re doing today, and plus, I’m a sucker for Merlot — the California wine industry’s most underappreciated red wine grape!
I really enjoyed this Merlot which we paired with my spicy Turkey Chili. Flavors of dark red fruit, soft tannins, and a medium body made it quite enjoyable.
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