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IBEX Merlot and Gran Paradiso Brandy
Gran Paradiso, our 9-year brandy has scents of freshly dipped caramel apples & camp fire that lead into notes of dried fruit and orange zest on the palate. You’ll find flavors of honey, roasted pecan, ginger and delights reminiscent of our favorite dishes of fall and winter.
A VSOP Brandy, which stands for ‘very superior old pale’, must be aged for a minimum of 4 years in cask to carry this designation. Ours has that and more. It’s excellent in a snifter, with a frozen stone or cube, or delicious in a traditional Brandy Cordial or, as has become quite voguish, in a Brandy Manhattan or Old Fashioned.
Our Brandy was aged for 6 years in Bourbon barrels and then finished in an Ibex Single Vineyard Merlot barrel, blending the smoke and sweetness of bourbon with the fruit and structure of our powerful Napa Merlot. This spirit will age slowly, soften gracefully, and yield ribbons of charred caramel and creme brûlée flavors as it develops.
IBEX, our single-vineyard Napa Valley merlot is grown in our award winning Ibex Vineyard in St. Helena. Sustainably farmed and hand-harvested at the base of Spring Mountain, our vines thrive among some of the most celebrated cabernet vineyards in Napa Valley. Harvested late for prime ripeness, this wine is aged in new French oak for a luscious, complex, full-bodied expression of merlot.
Merlot from this vineyard has won 16 gold medals in only 3 vintages!
2020 Sunset International Wine Competition | GOLD MEDAL | 91 Pts