At 1200 ft elevation, Vineyard N°95 is closest to BRAND’s winery on Pritchard Hill. There, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc vines are planted on diverse shallow volcanic soils. The 2018 is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc. It opens with aromas of sweet coffee beans, crushed graphite, and warm rhubarb. “Supple tannins coat the palate as flavors of black cherry and plum give way to baking spice, dark chocolate, and blackberry compote on the seamless finish. The wine is full bodied and energetic with the structure to support years of graceful aging. Philippe Melka has been overseeing this wine project from the beginning and their daytime winemaker Matt Johnson, previously of Dana Estates, is hitting his stride making the best vintages of BRAND yet.