Broc Cellars Love Red Can

Regular price $9.00

Winemaker: Chris Brockway

Appellation: North Coast, California

Grape Varieties: Carignan, Valdiguié, Syrah

The Love Red grapes are harvested early to highlight the fruit and preserve the acidity. The Carignan is a combination of whole cluster and destemmed fruit from three 70 year-old dry farmed vineyards in Northern California. The Valdiguié is 100% whole cluster and the Syrah is mostly destemmed. The wine was aged in a combination of neutral French oak barrels and concrete tanks. The Carignan delivers the blue fruit in the wine. Valdiguié brings out the brightness and lifting acidity. Syrah holds it together, adding depth and structure.

The grapes come from 70+ year old vines in Solano County’s Green Valley and Mendocino County. Wirth Vineyard is in Solano County’s Green Valley, an area tucked between Napa and Suisun Valley. Both Rosewood and Ricetti Vineyard are located in Mendocino. The grapes of each vineyard grow in sandy loam soils and come from dry-farmed and head-pruned vines. Wirth vineyard practices non-certified organic farming. Ricetti and Rosewood are both certified organic.

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. This is unlike many of the wines you will see in grocery stores or on wine shop shelves and in restaurants. We don’t add anything – this includes nutrients, yeast, bacteria, enzymes, tannins or other popular fermentation agents. Sulphur is a naturally occurring element in all wine, the amount found can vary. We add little to no S02, depending on the wine and style. The grapes that we work with are grown without using synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or fertilizers. 

“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