Germain-Robin, a premium California brandy, announced the release of Single Barrel Pinot Noir aged 19 years, the brand’s first new single barrel product since joining the E. & J. Gallo (Gallo) spirits family four years ago. The $250 expression is currently available exclusively at California Brandy House in Napa that opened last year to raise awareness of California brandies such as Germain-Robin.
Crafted exclusively from Pinot Noir grapes grown in California’s bucolic Anderson Valley in coastal Mendocino County, the Single Barrel Pinot Noir Brandy celebrates Germain-Robin’s distinctive heritage of being among the first to ever distill California Pinot Noir grapes in the history of brandy making. It was double distilled in Prulho Charentais pot stills in 2001 and aged for 19 years in heirloom Limousin oak barrels. Capturing the fruit character of the grape on both the nose and the palate, this expression emits aromas of stone fruit and barrel spice that open up on the bright palate to signature notes of cherry, dried herbs and coffee, complemented by the brandy’s weight and depth. Earthy layers of oak, a touch of leather, hints of apricot, and Bing cherry are present in the bright and long finish.
Hubert Germain-Robin and I shared a simple vision: to make the best brandy possible. And I believe we’re delivering on that vision. The lot behind this release stood out among a multitude of barrels because of its true Pinot Noir characteristics of red fruit that can hold oak. We selected Pinot Noir to honor the path blazed by our visionary founders who revolutionized brandy making in the early 1980s when they were among the first to distill California Pinot Noir grapes. – David Warter, Gallo’s Vice President of Distilling
When obtaining Germain-Robin, Gallo promised to support the legacy established by Hubert Germain-Robin and Co-founder Ansley Coale – and the 19-year Pinot Noir Single Barrel demonstrates this commitment as well as showcases exciting innovations that lie ahead.