Broc Cellars Sogi Cabernet Pfeffer

Regular price $22.00

Winemaker: Chris Brockway

Appellation: Lime Kiln Valley, California

Grape Varieties: Cabernet Pfeffer

This is our second vintage working with Cabernet Pfeffer. We know that this varietal tends to have aggressive tannins, so we decided to ferment it using carbonic maceration. It was fermented in concrete, then pressed to neutral French oak barrels to allow the wine to breath. The wine was aged for 9 months. 

Cabernet Pfeffer is thought to be a child of Cabernet Sauvignon and Trousseau Noir but it is not proven. Some people believe it is Gros Verdot, but no one is certain so that is likely untrue. Dr. Pfeffer was a horticulturist in San Jose who identified the variety and named it! (Pfeffer is also the name for pepper in German). 

Sogi is a nickname for the area where the vineyard is located in relation to our winery. Broc Cellars is located on 5th and Gilman Street in the Gilman district of Berkeley. The vineyard is located South of Gilman – hence SOGI ! The image is a Sugi – which is a cedar ball in Japan hung outside of sake breweries that we admire on our trips to Japan. We loved the idea of Sogi and Sugi!

Lime Kiln is located in Cienega Valley just south of Hollister. Enz Vineyard is the only vineyard located in the Lime Kiln AVA. The 40 year-old vines are organic and dry farmed.

At Broc Cellars, all of our wines are made using spontaneous fermentation, a process that means we only use native yeasts and bacteria that exist on the grapes in order to make wine. We don’t add anything – this includes nutrients, yeast, bacteria, enzymes, tannins or other popular fermentation agents. 

“Our goal in making wine is to bring out the natural expression of the grape. We decide on a wine by wine basis how we want to do that. We have more freedom now to make the choice not to add Sulphur. There is a bigger market for us to go in the direction we want to go. To counter that we are doing more to insure our vineyards are using the farming practices we support. We’re also committed to detailing exactly what decisions we make during the course of our winemaking process.” – Chris Brockway