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The Love Red grapes were harvested in the second week of September to preserve the grape’s natural acidity. The Carignan and Syrah were both whole cluster fermented and destemmed in concrete and stainless tanks. The Valdiguié went under carbonic fermentation in stainless steel. Aged for 8 months in concrete and neutral French oak barrels.
50% Carignan, 36% Valdiguié, 8% Syrah, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon
We started making our Love Wines because we want to provide a more affordable everyday drinking wine to a larger market while still espousing the key tenets we believe in --- minimal intervention and sustainable farming. The Love wines are larger production blends by design. We still use only native yeasts and bacteria for fermentation with no additives or adjuncts, but we do choose to use trace amounts of SO2 at bottling. Each of the Love blends contain grapes from vineyards with varying degrees of intervention and the vineyards and blends can change with each vintage.
WINEMAKER’S NOTES: Direct pressed, fermented and aged in a combination of new and one-year-old Stockinger puncheons from Austria. The wine was aged for 10 months with no filtration. 100% malolactic fermentation.
VITICULTURAL AREA: Frei Vineyard is located in Solano County’s Green Valley. The area is a small pocket of land, about 3 miles long and a mile wide – tucked between the southeastern edge of Suisun Valley. These are newly grafted vines onto what was originally Pinot Gris. The Chenin cuttings come from vines planted in 1979 from Story Vineyard in Amador County. This is our first vintage, and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
Called Napa Gamay for the longest time, it wasn’t until a lab test revealed it’s true identity. 60+-year-old vines in both Frei (acidic soils) and Wirth Vineyard (steep, iron-rich slopes) in Solano County’s Green Valley, just southeast of Napa. Partial carbonic maceration in tank.
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. 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.