facebook twitter pinterest instagram You Tube

Charbay Brandy No. 83

Richard Carleton Hacker

Unlike Cognac, which must be made in the Cognac region of France, brandy can be made anywhere. Still, it is pleasantly surprising to discover that one of the newest and most complex brandies comes from Napa, California, an area normally associated with wine. Even so, this is not a typical California brandy. It was created by Miles Karakasevic, a 12th-generation Yugoslavian distiller who established his privately owned Charbay distillery in Mendocino in 1983. Although Karakasevic has gone on to distill everything from rum to tequila at Charbay, his first venture—after graduating as distiller and winemaker from the University of Belgrade and working at numerous California wineries—was this brandy. Hence its name: Brandy No. 83 ($350 for 750ml; $185 for 375ml), as it was distilled and put into French oak barrels in January 1983.

On November 8, 2010, it was finally bottled at 80 proof. Double distilled in an alambic charentais pot still brought over from France, and using rare Folle Blanche wine as its base, this 27-year-old limited-edition artisan brandy is interwoven with cherries, chocolate, citrus, and marzipan with an underlying hint of walnuts. A classic brandy from a classically trained master distiller, it is available only directly from the Charbay Still House in St. Helena, California. (www.charbay.com)

Read Next Article >>
The second release from the Bacardi-owned brand leans on the experience of the French Cognac house...
Events are set for October in New York City and Los Angeles…
HIGHLAND PARK DISTILLERY Highland Park is made today with the same enduring belief and integrity,...
This refined example of Mexico’s other spirit is only available in Mina’s 20 restaurants…
The 17th-century estate includes a Relais & Châteaux hotel, a Michelin-starred restaurant, and...
Thirty Robb Report Club members were invited to meet privately with Maurice Hennessy, an eighth-...
Wine apps are becoming almost as essential as a corkscrew. Eric Levine caught the wine-collecting...
Photo by Cordero Studios/www.corderostudios.com
Pop Art Late last year, Phillip Dunn took charge of one of the best restaurant wine cellars in the...
A blend of 82 different whiskies, this $4,000 scotch is complex and something to be cherished…
These five extra-añejo tequilas put their additonal time in the barrel to good use…