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The Good Juice

... the Midas touch when it comes to Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon ...

A note from veteran Winemaker Peter Franus on Zinfandel and the Brandlin Vineyard.

As my mother used to say when I would take her up to Brandlin Vineyard, high in the hills of Mount Veeder,“ this is as close to heaven as I am going to get.” Rest assured, she is definitely where she is supposed to be, probably hanging out with Chester Brandlin—who passed away last year—having a glass of wine or two. The vineyard is in a magnificent and magical setting where you can truly feel the energy that ultimately finds its way into the wine.

In the early 1920s, Henry Brandlin and sons Richard and Chester began planting vines on an eastern exposure hillside 1200 feet above the Napa Valley floor. Today these are probably the oldest vines on Mount Veeder, and they continue to produce intensely flavored grapes, growing for all these years without any irrigation other than the winter and spring rains. The vines are head-trained, independent of any trellis to support them.

Peter Franus 2013 Brandlin Vineyard Zinfandel
$59.95 per bottle - 6 packs

2013 – An Epic Vintage in the Making, Antonio Galloni

“The 2013s are racy, viscerally thrilling wines of the highest level. Interestingly, despite a second year of drought conditions, yields were normal to high, but the flavor and structure profile vis-à-vis 2012 is very different. The 2013s boast deep, inky, Petite Sirah-like color and intense blue/purple/black fruit along with exotic citrus and spice overtones It is conceivable that 2013 might one day be regarded as one of the all-time great vintages for Napa Valley. The wines truly are that special”

Rated 92, James Suckling

“This is a harmonious and delicious zin from 85-year-old vines that shows reserve and austerity that I appreciate. Full body, fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Subtle. Drink now.”

Rated 90, Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

“Big and ripe, but balanced by lively acidity. Aromas of black raspberry and peppered herb open to focused flavors of wild berry, grilled anise and mineral. Drink now through 2022.”

Robert M. Parker

"A long-time veteran of the Napa Valley wine scene, Peter Franus continues to make a bevy of intelligent, elegant wines."

"... the Midas touch when it comes to Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon..."

"For the quality of the wines that consistently emerge from Franus, the winery remains unheralded..."

"Peter Franus continues to exhibit an accomplished touch for producing high quality Zinfandel."


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Phone: 416-560-6347 or 416-598-0033 extension 243 to speak directly with Allan Leal, or you can E-mail him at

All orders are COD. Payment can be made by Visa, MasterCard, AMEX or cheque. Your credit card will not be charged until the product is shipped.

Minimum Orders: There is a one case minimum order (12 bottles unless otherwise noted).

Delivery charges are $15.00 plus HST (additional charges may apply for deliveries outside the GTA). Free delivery if three or more cases are purchased.

You must be 19 years of age or older to place or receive a wine order.  


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