Although growing up on a family farm since the 1940’s, it was not until 1997 that brothers Butch and Jerry Milbrandt planted their first vineyards. Soon after, the desirable grapes from their Wahluke Slope site in the Columbia Valley were purchased by accomplished winemakers like Charles Smith. Realizing that they were growing superior fruit, Butch and Jerry made the decision to bottle their own wine and have been doing so since 2007. Winemaker Joshua Maloney, previously from Estancia Winery and Ch. Ste. Michelle, is fashioning delicious and elegant wines at remarkable prices. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, Grenache and Tempranillo make up the 2011 Brothers’ Blend. This ripe, unctuous, almost fat wine has black and red fruit that finishes clean and bright with lingering oak spices. This is a winery to watch, so get in on the ground floor and try this dry blend that showcases what is new in Washington State.