St. George California Reserve Apple Brandy is a beautiful expression of fresh California apples. If you’re a fan of Calvados, prepare to up your game.
This is a limited, infrequent release. Our 2023 release is rolling out now!
Availability: 2023 release now available at the distillery bottle shop and for shipping in CA. Rolling out soon in select other states.
Decisively fresh apple liveliness
- Wine & Spirits
Flavors are exceptional
- K&L Wines
Puts you right inside the fruit.
- The Right Spirit
Top 100 Spirits of 2021
- Wine Enthusiast
We source a field blend of fresh apples from a family-owned farm in Mendocino County. Varieties include Fall Pippin, Jonathan, Golden Delicious, Black Arkansas, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Gravenstein, McIntosh, Sierra Beauty, Swaar, and Winter Banana.
We cold-ferment apple cider and distill with more fresh apples in our pot stills. The resulting brandy is aged in an array of long-term casks prior to blending.
Time in barrel ranged 3–11 years, with the most of the blend coming from barrels laid down in 2014–2016 (6–9 years old at time of bottling).
Our 2023 release was aged in used French oak, as well as a combination of new and used American oak.
We incorporated some of our apple brandy reserves from our 2020 release into the 2023 blend, so part of this year’s blend also saw short-term finishing casks prior to bottling.
Think of warm apple pie right out of the oven. Now imagine all that comforting, sweet, fragrant deliciousness as a rich textural experience in your glass.
On the nose: Crisp cider, pastry crust, lemon, allspice, crème brûlée.
On the palate: Buttery apple pie, clover honey, finishing with mint and clove.
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