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#1 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » January 30th, 2020, 6:10 pm

2016 I. Brand & Family Grenache Brosseau Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone (1/30/2020)
Clear ruby red color. Nose is all red fruit and flowers. On the palate it fans out, and adds a note of cinnamon stick and a textural creaminess. Lingering gardenia and strawberry echo from the finish, and remain present. I normally don’t much appreciate varietal Grenache, but this is lovely, complex and enticingly light bodied. That such a light touch captures so much flavor is most impressive.

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#2 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 30th, 2020, 6:11 pm

Thanks, David.

How are the Cab Francs and Monte Bello Cabs?

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#3 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » January 30th, 2020, 6:12 pm

Haven’t gotten to the Cab Franc yet.
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#4 Post by Glen Gold » January 30th, 2020, 9:22 pm

I had one of their 2017 Cab Francs (dunno which) recently and enjoyed it. I didn't take notes, but it was light, savory and took a while to put on weight. It was nothing like, say, Detert (which I love) or Rauffault (which I also love) but I think it shared more DNA with the old world than the new. Worth a try.
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#5 Post by Wes Barton » January 30th, 2020, 11:38 pm

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I had one of their 2017 Cab Francs (dunno which) recently and enjoyed it. I didn't take notes, but it was light, savory and took a while to put on weight. It was nothing like, say, Detert (which I love) or Rauffault (which I also love) but I think it shared more DNA with the old world than the new. Worth a try.
We had a Bates Ranch CF ('15 maybe?) during harvest. Light and savory for sure, but so much going on, lingering so beautifully. It also spoke well of the vineyard. Great stuff!
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#6 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » January 31st, 2020, 5:26 am

The Grassl Tasting Glass also worked very well.
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#7 Post by Tom DeBiase » January 31st, 2020, 7:24 am

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
January 30th, 2020, 6:10 pm
2016 I. Brand & Family Grenache Brosseau Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone (1/30/2020)
Clear ruby red color. Nose is all red fruit and flowers. On the palate it fans out, and adds a note of cinnamon stick and a textural creaminess. Lingering gardenia and strawberry echo from the finish, and remain present. I normally don’t much appreciate varietal Grenache, but this is lovely, complex and enticingly light bodied. That such a light touch captures so much flavor is most impressive.

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Great note David and it sums up my experience the past few years with domestic grenache. I have not had this particular wine but several others have had that same expressive nose, fruit and spice without the interference of wood. Added bonus is they all had modest alcohol. Completely different style than "old world" grenache and nothing wrong with that. It is a varietal I now seek out.

Keep an eye out for the Jolie Laide version. It's another you will likely enjoy.

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#8 Post by Sean_S » January 31st, 2020, 11:36 am

The Cab Francs and Montebello Rd cabernets are excellent. The latest Montebello Rd release from Felom ranch vineyard eclipses the previous Vitovotch vineyard variation. The wine is more complex and rich than the previous vintages. This captures the essence of what makes the Santa Cruz Mountains cabernets so exciting. Both CF bottlings are also excellent and I prefer the Bates Ranch myself although I have all of them in the cellar.

I think the Besson Vineyard Grenache is even more to my liking. It has a better acidic balance to me. Birichino also makes an excellent version of Besson vineyard grenache. Great to see notes on Ian's wines.

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#9 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 31st, 2020, 1:33 pm

I cannot figure out how you order from that winery. Club membership only? Oh well.

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#10 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » January 31st, 2020, 1:53 pm

I got mine last Berserker Day.
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#11 Post by Sean_S » January 31st, 2020, 2:09 pm

Just call or email. They will be glad to take your money

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#12 Post by JDavisRoby » January 31st, 2020, 3:01 pm

I believe all these wines are in my local retail store. Or, at least many of the bottlings. Same broker/distributor as Le P’tit Paysan (Ian’s other wine) in my state.
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#13 Post by Ian Brand » February 1st, 2020, 9:34 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 31st, 2020, 1:33 pm
I cannot figure out how you order from that winery. Club membership only? Oh well.
This is my favorite post.

We are not so twee. Any ineptitude on marketing is because we are hose-dragging goons, not due to some uber-meta anti-marketing strategy. You get a hold of us and we'll get you wine. Heather is spending less time on the winery, so it's probably best to bug me, at least until we get a DtC manager in place. 831-212-3660 or ibvinification at gmail. I'm glad you all have enjoyed the wines, it's been fun developing this interpretation of our region. Be sure to ask, we have more oddballs stashed about.
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#14 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » February 1st, 2020, 10:25 am

Ian Brand wrote:
February 1st, 2020, 9:34 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 31st, 2020, 1:33 pm
I cannot figure out how you order from that winery. Club membership only? Oh well.
This is my favorite post.

We are not so twee. Any ineptitude on marketing is because we are hose-dragging goons, not due to some uber-meta anti-marketing strategy. You get a hold of us and we'll get you wine. Heather is spending less time on the winery, so it's probably best to bug me, at least until we get a DtC manager in place. 831-212-3660 or ibvinification at gmail. I'm glad you all have enjoyed the wines, it's been fun developing this interpretation of our region. Be sure to ask, we have more oddballs stashed about.

HAHA, I figured it was some ultra-chic “brand”ing strategy, making us want you more because we cannot get it!

Saw that Woodlands has the 2015 MB Cab nicely priced but I’d rather go to the source to try the Cabs and Francs. I recall Mike Dildine speaking very complementary of these wines. Will ping you by email.

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#15 Post by George Chadwick » February 1st, 2020, 11:54 am

This wine was just awarded Best Red Wine at the Big Sur Forager Festival I attended. The judges were very experienced and the crowd contained a lot of Big Sur Wine Festival folk so it was a meaningful win. Especially against Wrath's rarer syrahs (not the less rare ones) and Flywheel from the Boer vineyard.

It's possible the judges just pitied Ian because his one year reign as Winemaker of the Year had ended.
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#16 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » February 1st, 2020, 11:59 am

Ian Brand wrote:
February 1st, 2020, 9:34 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 31st, 2020, 1:33 pm
I cannot figure out how you order from that winery. Club membership only? Oh well.
This is my favorite post.

We are not so twee. Any ineptitude on marketing is because we are hose-dragging goons, not due to some uber-meta anti-marketing strategy. You get a hold of us and we'll get you wine. Heather is spending less time on the winery, so it's probably best to bug me, at least until we get a DtC manager in place. 831-212-3660 or ibvinification at gmail. I'm glad you all have enjoyed the wines, it's been fun developing this interpretation of our region. Be sure to ask, we have more oddballs stashed about.
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#17 Post by Peter Petersen » February 1st, 2020, 1:58 pm

I’ve tried to email to no avail.

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#18 Post by Andrew Demaree » February 1st, 2020, 3:08 pm

The website looks nice, but I couldn’t find pricing anywhere (not just nowhere to order).

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#19 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » February 1st, 2020, 8:48 pm

Lol. Ian, post a link for us to buy some shit. Stop being such a tease! ;)

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#20 Post by david paly » February 1st, 2020, 9:24 pm

The Mourvèdre is fantastic- super old vine , varietal purity.

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#21 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » February 2nd, 2020, 4:57 am

He’s just following after one of the old school masters, Steve Edmunds. ;)
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#22 Post by Ian Brand » February 3rd, 2020, 12:53 pm

Peter Petersen wrote:
February 1st, 2020, 1:58 pm
I’ve tried to email to no avail.
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Try my email above. My inbox gets overloaded but I'll make a point to respond.

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#23 Post by Nathan V. » February 3rd, 2020, 1:07 pm

Ian Brand wrote:
February 3rd, 2020, 12:53 pm
Peter Petersen wrote:
February 1st, 2020, 1:58 pm
I’ve tried to email to no avail.
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Try my email above. My inbox gets overloaded but I'll make a point to respond.

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#24 Post by Ian Brand » February 4th, 2020, 10:09 am

Nathan V. wrote:
February 3rd, 2020, 1:07 pm

Ian, do you have a NC distributor?
Yessir. Try Scott Killette over at Mims. Or if you want to DM me your contact, I'll have him track you down.
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