St. George California Reserve Apple Brandy

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.

Format: 750ml
ABV: 43%
Availability: Limited availability in select states.

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Decisively fresh apple liveliness

- Wine & Spirits

Flavors are exceptional

- K&L Wines

Puts you right inside the fruit.

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Top 100 Spirits of 2021

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What’s in it?

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.

The Process

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.

The Experience

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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