About This Wine
In 1977, Fred Brander made history.
That year, two years after establishing The Brander Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley, Brander made a wine that would capture the first gold medal ever awarded to a Santa Barbara County bottling in a major wine competition. The wine was a Sauvignon Blanc, and Brander’s name immediately became associated with the variety.
It has been that way ever since. Today, The Brander Vineyard produces a number of Sauvignon Blanc bottlings, each known for its style and individuality. That single variety still accounts for more than half of the winery’s annual production.
In recent years, Brander has sought to craft an equally flavorful and distinctive red wine from Santa Ynez Valley fruit. The result: a delicious “fruit bomb” that features a base of Merlot, joined by smaller portions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Rather than using some fancy proprietary name, Brander chose to name his signature red wine, simply, F/RED.
About Red Blend
- Grape Composition:68% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Syrah
- Grape Source:Santa Ynez Valley Area of Santa Barbara County
- Aromas & Flavors:Boysenberry, Raspberry Pie and Baking Spices
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestiona pulled pork sandwich, or a grilled burger.
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