Germain-Robin Brandy is hand-distilled in small batches in California. Germain-Robin was started in the 1980s by Ansley Coale and Hubert Germain-Robin, who comes from a long line of cognac producers. The company released its first brandy in 1987, and recently released two new products – Craft Method Brandy and Coast Road Reserve.
Germain-Robin brandies are produced from premium varietals like Pinot Noir, unlike many brandies, which are distilled from thinner, cheaper varietals.
Germain-Robin Craft Method Brandy
Germain-Robin’s Craft Method Brandy is composed of five and 10 year old brandies. The grapes used in distillation are Colombard, Riesling and a bit of Zinfandel. The brandy is very fruit-forward, with plenty of apple, pear and apricot. It’s surprisingly alcoholic at first sip, but that fades as it opens up in the glass. It has a long, warm finish. 40% ABV / $48
Germain-Robin Coast Road Reserve
Germain-Robin Coast Road Reserve is a blend of Pinot Noir, Colombard, Grenache and Ehrenfelser, which is a Riesling-Sylvaner cross. The brandies vary in age, up to 15 years old. The nose is somewhat muted, with some citrus fruits in the background. It tastes of more fruit, plus a really interesting sugary note, reminiscent of an aged rum. The finish is smooth and pleasant, with lingering notes of sweet fruit. 40% ABV / $70