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California Brandy

Learn more about our two California brandies offered in The California Brandy House, Argonaut and Germain-Robin

Argonaut

Argonaut is pioneering the future of California Brandy from grape to glass. What’s in the bottle, is ON the bottle.

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Argonaut Cocktails

A delicious cocktail starts with great brandy, explore our archive of classic recipes using Argonaut Brandy as well as original drinks from our favorite bartenders.

Argonaut Cocktails

A delicious cocktail starts with great brandy, explore our archive of classic recipes using Argonaut Brandy as well as original drinks from our favorite bartenders.

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Speculator

86 Proof

The Arrival – The Argonauts of the Gold Rush were Speculators, leaving home for the unlikely opportunity of striking it rich in the gold fields.

Tasting
At 86 proof, Argonaut Speculator Brandy offers bright green apple, ripe pear, apricot and stone fruit, honeysuckle and orange blossom, nutmeg and clove, chamomile, golden raisin, tropical notes of ripe banana and pineapple

Saloon Strength

91 Proof

The Perseverance – The Saloon was the hub of the community, an escape from the unforgiving conditions of Gold Rush California where merchants and fortune seekers alike could gather and enjoy a brandy libation.

Tasting
At 91 proof, Argonaut Saloon Strength Brandy offers fresh picked red apple, baked peach, candied citrus peel, toasted almond, vanilla, caramel, and baking spice, black raisin, dried apricot, mid-palate warmth.

Fat Thumb

86 Proof

The Progression – During the CA Gold Rush prosperous merchants were said to have ‘Fat Thumbs,’ a reputation earned from taking generous pinches of gold dust as payment from a miner’s purse.

Tasting
At 86 proof, Argonaut Fat Thumb Brandy offers baked apple cobbler, caramelized pear, toasted oak and coconut, vanilla, nutmeg and clove, red apple, overripe pear, traces of caramelized banana, rich, silky mouthfeel.

The Claim

84 Proof

As a one-off release selected by veterans of the American brandy industry, The Claim is a blend of our rarest brandy stocks aged 14 to 25 years & bottled at 84 proof.

Tasting
At 84 proof, The Claim offers bing cherry and dried red fruit, ripe macintosh apple, dried plum and apricot, tarragon, currant, clean minerality, cracked oat, toasted vanilla, mace and nutmeg, an average of 19 years in oak.
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Germain-Robin

We began as the unlikely union of two creative minds: Ansley Coale, a professor driving along a Northern California highway, and Hubert Germain-Robin, a hitchhiking Cognac distiller. The two created Germain-Robin, the first California Brandy that broke free from the constraints of cognac. They crafted their brandy with traditional alembic cognac stills, but using unconventional, flavorful and complex.

California wine grapes. Embracing the rich tradition of hand-distillation while harnessing the potential of California wine, we set a new standard of excellence in brandy that has been recognized worldwide. Germain-Robin continues that tradition today– advancing the art of fine California Brandy into a new era.

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Germain-Robin

Aged minimum of 7 Years

Germain-Robin is based around California-grown Colombard grapes, a standard in traditional brandy making. Distilled exclusively in Pruhlo Charentais Pot Stills and aged in Limousin Oak Barrels, Germain-Robin highlights the flavors that make California Brandy one of the most sought after aged spirits.

Tasting
Germain-Robin is met with a nose of oak spice and fruit. The fruit-forward notes of apple and pear are lightly accented with honeysuckle and cherry blossom, giving way to rich apricot and peach. Well-integrated toasted oak gives light accents of cinnamon and brown sugar. The rich full mouthfeel lingers after the finish in this balanced blend.

Germain-Robin XO

Germain-Robin XO is an icon of California Brandy. Distilled exclusively in Pruhlo Charentais Pot Stills and aged in Limousin Oak Barrels, XO highlights the unique flavor and characteristics of California Pinot Noir grapes.

Tasting
The high-quality California wine grapes in Germain-Robin XO showcase unique flavors and layered textures. The signature grape, Pinot Noir, provides a dark cherry character and a rich silky mouthfeel. Colombard distillate adds a fresh apple character while Sémillon provides richness with peach and apricot notes. The balance of both fruit and oak flavors is unique to Germain-Robin XO. The vanilla and toast flavors from the French oak complement the fruit which creates layers of complexity that only can be found from sourcing great fruit. The fermentation and distillation are driven with the goal of emphasizing fruit and mouthfeel and then paired with aging in select Limousin Oak Barrels. Texturally, the brandy is extremely smooth and has an incredibly long finish
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Shipping directly to your house within the state of California
Germain Robin can be found at fine spirits retailers in select states.
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