Ah Brander, one of my favorite wineries (regardless of the pink chateau). It was nice to take a break from the delicious whites and open a bottle of their sadly sold out 2006 Santa Ynez Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine was quite bright for a younger vintage with a lovely bouquet of currants, blackberries, black cherries, and green olives with just a touch of earthiness on the nose. The wine is medium bodied with soft tannins and a good level of acidity that all comes together with the fruit to create a silky, medium length finish. If you do come across a bottle be sure to let it breathe, it's still a youngster and should age quite well for the next 5 years.
Number of wines reviewed in 2010: 32