Sunday, August 01, 2010
Day 213 Drink: Germain-Robin Coast Road Reserve
Germain-Robin has been making fine brandies in California since importing an antique Cognac still in 1982. The distillery uses grapes that are harvested exclusively from Mendocino County.
Germain-Robin Coast Road Reserve is an 80 proof brandy that uses pinot noir, French colombard, grenache and Ehrenfelser (a riesling-sylvaner cross) grapes. It is a blend of older and younger brandies, giving the drink a depth and fresher notes. The brandy is a bright brass color that has a slightly floral aroma. Nice fruit notes with peach and apricots, with a finish that has some lingering herbal qualities.