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Osocalis Alambic Brandy XO 750ml
Sku: 1597446
Founded in the early 1990’s, Osocalis is a small, artisanal distillery located in Soquel, California. They use a small 100 gallon antique alambic Charentais still, imported from Cognac, to ...more
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Country: United States
Region: California
Type: Brandies - Domestic
  Bottle Price: $120.99
Sale Price: $105.59

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While by old world standards it’s still young, the XO shows the rich development of Rancio with hints of orange peel, dried apricots, walnuts, cacao and a rich leatheriness. Creamy citrus flavors finish big and rich, with caramel, ginger and cinnamon notes, and a soft texture.
Wine Enthusiast 93 points - 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.  (Nov 2011)

Ultimate Beverage Challenge 92 points - Ultimate Beverage Challenge (Mar 2011)

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Founded in the early 1990’s, Osocalis is a small, artisanal distillery located in Soquel, California. They use a small 100 gallon antique alambic Charentais still, imported from Cognac, to produce brandies using grapes and apples from the cooler coastal regions of California. They have the elegance and finesse of Old World brandies with the fruit intensity and body of California wines. Highly recommended by Paul Pacult, one of the world’s most respected spirits critics.
Technical notes
XO is blended from older stocks of Colombard, Chenin Blanc, Semillon and Pinot Noir that have been in barrel for decades.

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Osocalis is a small, artisanal distillery in Soquel, California. The name Osocalis is the original Native American name for Soquel, today part of the greater Santa Cruz area. We use a small (100 gallon) antique alambic Charentais still, imported from Cognac, to produce brandies using grapes and apples from the cooler coastal regions of California. We strive to produce products that have the length, elegance and finesse of Old World brandies, such as Cognac and Calvados, but with the fruit intensity and structure of California wines. Founded in the early 1990’s, Osocalis represents the second generation of small American distillers to use the combination of Old World techniques with New World fruit. The first generation of artisan distillers in California, including Germain-Robin in Ukiah and RMS in Carneros, clearly demonstrated the intensity and richness that can be achieved from brandies derived from California fruit. California brandy makers have the advantage (and the challenge!) of being able to blend a large number of grape varieties together for a more complex and interesting product, whereas French law strictly limits this practice. At Osocalis, our brandy is based primarily on Colombard and Pinot Noir, though we also distill a wide array of wines such as Marsanne, Riesling, Syrah, Grenache, and Semillon. In fact, it is the art of blending these brandies from a variety of fruit sources which gives California brandies their very special style. Osocalis’s small production team is headed by Daniel Farber and Jeff Emery. Distiller Dan Farber has been involved in brandy production since the mid 1980’s, studying in Cognac and other brandy producing regions around the world and finally settling near Santa Cruz, California to found the Osocalis Distillery. Winemaker Jeff Emery has been making wines for Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard since 1979, a winery which focuses on wines from small mountain vineyards, with an emphasis on Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation Pinot Noir. Jeff now heads the winemaking team for Osocalis in addition to continuing production at Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard. While production is growing, the emphasis at Osocalis will always be on optimizing the complex aromas and flavors of fine alambic brandy. This requires the patience to wait many years for proper aging before releasing a given brandy and a commitment to using the finest quality fruit available.

 
 
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