Osocalis XO Alambic Brandy 750ml

SKU #1053779 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Top 50 Spirits of 2011* From a small family-run distillery, this blend of 'older' California brandies has a vibrant golden-orange color and a sweet apples-and-honey note. On the palate, creamy citrus flavors finish big and rich, with caramel, ginger and cinnamon notes, and a soft texture. Pair with a fruit dessert, like apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Come to think of it, this brandy would be dynamite simply poured over ice cream, too.  (12/ 2011)

K&L Notes

Brand new from the local legend of Osocalis (based in the Santa Cruz Mountains)! Their hugely anticipated XO brandy lives up to the hype in every way. Delicate and gentle on the entry, the palate moves through nutty flavors, caramel, and fruit, before really hitting its stride on the back. The finish is incredible as all the forementioned flavors really culminate in glorious harmony before sliding down your throat. The finish goes on forever, and it makes you wonder whether or not you can really nurse this bottle slowly. Our highest recommendation. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

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Brandy

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United States

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California

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Santa Cruz Mountains

- Vineyards dot the valleys and ridges of this coastal AVA just south of San Francisco. Microclimates make it difficult to generalize, and vineyards are frequently separated by acres of forests and meadowlands (not to mention entire towns!), but this is nonetheless known as a cooler-climate zone ideal for pinot noir. Ridge is doubtless the most famous local producer, with its cabernet blend, Monte Bello, named after a Santa Cruz mountain peak. High-quality, low-production chardonnay and some Rhône varietals prosper as well.