2023 BRANDER Sauvignon Blanc Los Olivos District

BRANDER Sauvignon Blanc Los Olivos District

¥3,960 (incl. tax)

Los Olivos District AVA is one of four sub-appellations within the Santa Inez Valley - the others being Sta. Rita Hills, Happy Canyon, and Ballard Canyon. The valley features diverse, well-drained soils, and, importantly, an east-west orientation that funnels cool air inland from the ocean. Because Los Olivos is somewhat warmer than other parts of the valley - and, therefore, more suited to Bordeaux varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc – Fred Brander spearheaded the effort to establish it as an AVA. Brander’s charming and versatile Sauvignon Blanc features bright aromatics, lively fruit and gravelly minerality. The wine is bright, complex, and balanced with aromas of dried straw and orange blossoms with flavors of melon and subtle tropical fruits. It will pair well with salads, goat cheeses, and delicate fish.


Winery Description

After the film “Sideways,” it’s easy to associate Santa Barbara with Pinot Noir. And early-ripening Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are suited to this area because of the odd way that the valleys run from west to east, wafting the fog many miles from the coast toward inland vineyards. But the Brander Winery never hitched its wagon to Pinot Noir. Rather, Fred Brander has become the undisputed king of Santa Barbara Sauvignon Blanc. Born in Argentina but raised in Santa Barbara, Fred Brander began in the mid-70s by planting some red Bordeaux varieties as well as Sauvignon Blanc. But when his first vintage of Sauvignon Blanc won the gold medal at the Los Angeles County Fair, the first wine from Santa Barbara ever to win that honor, he realized his property in Los Olivos in the Santa Ynez Valley had great potential for the great white grape of Bordeaux and the Loire. Not only was the Eastern side of the valley significantly warmer than other areas, the soil in many spots was distinctively gravelly, in the manner of Graves, the famous white wine district of Bordeaux. Hence, Brander has focused squarely on cultivating Sauvignon Blanc grapes and making wines that accentuate the minerals and are as crisp, clean and balanced as the best French Sav. Blancs.  Today Brander makes six separate bottlings each year, which range from his best-value Santa Ynez (a perennial restaurant by-the-glass favorite) all the way up to his tete de cuvee "au Naturel," a wine inspired by his close working relationship with Loire master Didier Dagueneau. Of his recent efforts, Fred has said, "We are looking for more refined wines, and we are doing much less oak than in the past." Low-yielding vines, minimal handling, low or no oak, and a focus on the purity of the fruit is what Brander is now all about. 

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Los Olivos District (Santa Barbara)
Winery Brander
Vintage 2023
Color White
Varietal(s) Sauvignon Blanc
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 7.5 x 30.5
Case Size 33.0 x 25.5 x 31.5
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code BR23SYB
UPC 099485000018

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Tasting notes

The nose opens with passion fruit, melon, and peach while the palate modulates through flavors of orange zest, nectarine, and guava. Hints of jasmine and honeysuckle emerge on a mineral finish.



Hand-harvested fruit was destemmed, crushed, and allowed a brief skin contact before pressing into stainless steel tanks for primary fermentation and aging. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation, and about 5% was aged in French oak. 

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