Meet the Winemaker-Ian Brand
WNW presents Meet the Winemaker: Ian Brand of I.Brand Family Wines
We are so psyched for Wednesday’s tasting! Ian Brand and his beard will be here pouring his lovely wines, and the wait has been killing us, now, for months. If you are a member of The Share, one of Ian’s fine wines was included in your monthly allotment, either the rose or the Mouvedre. If you enjoyed those or if you’re just curious about why we’re making such a fuss over this guy, come to the tasting this week and see for yourself! Ian Brand is the winemaker for both the whimsical P’tit Paysan line of wines out of California’s Central Coast and the I.Brand line of wines out of Monterey. Ian Brand is known for his progressive wine making, his hand off approach, his ability to grow grapes in unexpected areas and his love for vinyl. Come meet him, taste his wines and see why the SF Chronicle named him Winemaker of the Year and why we think he deserves the title of Pearl’s Winery of the Month.
Three of the wines that Ian will be showcasing this Wednesday will be from his P’tit Paysan line out of the Central Coast of California. These wines are French inspired and feature Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Mouvedre. We love the Chardonnay for its ability to please all palates; a bright and clean expression of Chardonnay with a touch of richness and a flavor that keeps you coming back for more. Both the red blend and rose are comprised of traditional Rhone varietals. These wines are easy to love but not without complexity and deliciousness.
Outside of the P’tit Paysan line, Ian Brand will be pouring his 2016 Cabernet Franc from his I.Brand line of wines. This wine and others from this line come from the off-the-beaten path terrain of Monterey. His Cab Franc is killer and different than many other expressions we’ve seen from California. Definitely worth checking out.
2018 P’tit Paysan Rose: This delightful blend of Mouvedre, Grenache and Cinsault will give more than a small number of Cotes de Provence roses a run for their money. Aromatics are similar to a Provencal style rose, but there is a richness and depth that sings of the New World (in a very good way). Look for notes of tart tangerine, watermelon, strawberry and grapefruit pith.
2017 P’tit Paysan Jack’s Hill Chardonnay: Absolutely delicious with clean and delicate notes of Asian pear, lemon rind, almond and sea salt. Racy while still retaining richness. Yum!
2016 P’tit Paysan Red Blend: A Grenache led blend boasting notes of thyme, sagebrush, cracked pepper and zesty red fruit. Serve with anything or nothing!
2016 I.Brand and Family Cabernet Franc: A beautiful, brawny and athletic wine with notes of raspberries, violets and herbs. The body is on the fuller side, here, but the acidity is still racy and refreshing.