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CALIFORNIA BRANDY

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

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Germain Robin

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.

VISIT GERMAINROBIN.COM TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR STORY



Germain Robin

GERMAIN-ROBIN
$75.00


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 94

GERMAIN-ROBIN XO
$125.00


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.
Germain Robin Single Barrel

Single Barrel Pinot Noir Brandy
$250.00


AGED 19 YEARS

Single Barrel Pinot Noir brandy captures the fruit character of the Pinot Noir grape on both the nose and the palate. Aromas of barrel spice give way to dried cherry and apricot, with a layer of tobacco, and hints of coffee. On the palate there’s weight, boldness, and depth. Beyond fruit are earthy flavors of oak and a touch of leather that instantly give way to a bright red cherry finish.



TASTING
Single Barrel Pinot Noir brandy captures the fruit character of the Pinot Noir grape on both the nose and the palate. Aromas of barrel spice give way to dried cherry and apricot, with a layer of tobacco, and hints of coffee. On the palate there’s weight, boldness, and depth. Beyond fruit are earthy flavors of oak and a touch of leather that instantly give way to a bright red cherry finish.
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Argonaut California Premium Brandy

Argonaut


 Argonaut Brandy is distilled from flavorful California-grown grape varieties. We age our brandy in ex-bourbon barrels and our blends are selected from some of the rarest, oldest lots of brandy in California

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Spectacular

SPECULATOR
$38.00



86 PROOF

The Argonauts of the Gold Rush were speculators, leaving home for the unlikely opportunity of striking it rich in the goldfields. The miners too were speculating, staking claims and betting that the gold in their plots was worth more than the purchase price. Argonaut Speculator pays homage to our former master distiller, who laid down quality stocks of brandy for decades, without a specific program in mind. This blend is evidence that she made a good bet.



TASTING
At 86 proof, Speculator 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

SALOON STRENGTH
$38.00



86 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

FAT THUMB
$50.00



86 PROOF

During the California Gold Rush, gold dust served as the preferred currency. A miner would open his purse of gold, offering merchants and barkeeps to take a pinch of dust as payment. Prosperous merchants were said to have ‘Fat Thumbs,’ thanks to a reputation for taking generous pinches of gold. In blending Argonaut Fat Thumb Brandy, our Master Distiller showed she too had a ‘Fat Thumb’ when pulling from our alembic brandy stocks. The resulting blend showcases the quality of some of our more scarce blending legs.



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

THE CLAIM
$200



86 PROOF

The Argonauts of the Gold Rush were charmed and captivated by Sam Brannan’s claim of gold in the American River. His proclamation proved the catalyst to a new era in American history, accelerating Westward expansion. For this Second Edition of The Claim, our pioneering distiller Rita Hansen pulled from these special stocks to create a magnificent blend of the rarest and most unique California Brandies.



TASTING
The Second Edition of The Claim has a lush aroma of plum and cherry, with notes of dried fruit leather, apple, brown spice, and toasted oak. The deep red fruit flavors carry over to the palate, complemented by layers of dried fig, apple pie, and baking spice. The long finish is rich and elegant, with seamlessly integrated fruit and oak.
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