Broc cellars

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA

Broc Cellars

 

 

Berkeley, California
Chris & Bridget Brockway

Chris Brockway began making wine in California in 2004, and has been producing exclusively under his own labels BROC CELLARS since 2006.  Hailing originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Chris got his start in the industry working at wineries using typically modern inputs – as he likes to put it, learning what not to do.

Now Chris and his partner Bridget don’t add anything to their wines.  No nutrients, enzymes, yeast, bacteria, tannins, or other fermentation agents.  Organic farming is placed at the forefront, and while not all vineyards are certified, many of them are.  The certifying bodies in California include SIP (Sustainability in Practice) and CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers), among several others.

Chris works with many different vineyards and winegrowers, sourcing atypical grapes from overgrown and overlooked vineyards, tapping into the rich wine-growing history of California.  These wines are less fruit-forward, less alcoholic, and have less oak influence, the better to showcase a cooler climate expression of California terroir. 

Got Grapes bottle shot

~ 2020 AMORE BIANCO ~

100% Tocai Friulano.

Fox Hill Vineyard in Mendocino County.

The wine was fermented  on the skins in two sandstone jars and direct pressed into one concrete egg and another sandstone jar to create this 2020 vintage. The juice on the skins in sandstone jars fermented and aged until January when it was basket pressed. The juice went back into the sandstone jars to age for a few more months. All wine was fermented using only native yeasts, no sulfur was added during fermentation or at bottling, and the wine is left unfiltered showing its natural texture. It was aged for a total of 9 months.

Very very special wine, mandarin, pineapple guava and sea salt in your glass.

Fox Hill Vineyard holds a special place for everyome at Broc. They first ventured into Italian varieties when they began making Nero D’Avola, for the “Badger”, all from this site. Then came Amore Bianco and Amore Rosso.  The vineyard  is located between Hopland and Ukiah. The soil is mostly sandstone, rocks and pebbles are found everywhere including quartz.

AMORE BIANCO |  12 x 750ml | SKU #44357 | $35.21

 

 

Got Grapes bottle shot

~ 2020 AMORE BLENDO ~

52% Barbera, 24% Sauvignon Blanc, 24% Primitivo. The Barbera, Sauvignon Blanc and Primitivo fermented together whole cluster, layered alternating each variety until we reached the top of the tank and sealed it. True carbonic fermentation occurred. We pressed the wine to age in a 41 hL concrete tank, one of our sandstone terra cotta jars and 2 neutral French oak barrels. This wine walks the line of being a dark rosé and fresh light red. We recommend chilling it down for warm weather enjoyment.

The Barbera and Primitivo are from Fox Hill Vineyard, located between Hopland and Ukiah in Mendocino. The soil is mostly sandstone with rocks and pebbles found everywhere including quartz. The vineyard is farmed organically. Mi Hija Vineyard is a neighbouring site located in the Redwood Valley of Mendocino. The Sauvignon Blanc from Mi Hija elevates the wine by adding a pretty floral note. The vineyard is farmed biodynamically.

AMORE BLENDO |  12 x 750ml | SKU #461900 | $35.56

 

 

Got Grapes bottle shot

~ 2020 AMORE ROSSO ~

58% Dolcetto, 26% Montepulciano, 16% Sangiovese.

Fox Hill Vineyard in Mendocino County.

Dolcetto grapes were fermented whole cluster and aged in stainless steel. Montepulciano was made carbonic in stainless steel and aged in neutral French oak barrels. The Sangiovese fermented whole cluster in stainless steel and aged in neutral French oak barrels. We blended them all together before bottling to give you the Broc pizza wine!

AMORE ROSSO |  12 x 750ml | SKU #44379 | $35.21

 

 

100% Chardonnay grown on calcareous soil and blue marl in Escales.

~ 2019 CHENIN BLANC PETILLANT 

Chenin Blanc is sourced from the Shell Creek Vineyard, which lies on the east side of the Paso Robles hillsides.  The vineyard has a sandy topsoil with calcareous fossilized seashells and marine matter underneath and has been owned & ranched by the Sinton family since the 1870s, with vineyards first planted here in 1972.

Whole clusters of Chenin Blanc were pressed into stainless steel tanks and fermented until it reached 15g/L of sugar.  Fermentation was interrupted by cooling the wine down significantly, at which point the wine was bottled and then allowed to warm up very gradually to finish the fermentation until dry & bubbly.  The wine was aged in bottle for 4 months before being disgorged by hand.

2019 BROC CELLARS CHENIN PET NAT 12 x 750ml | SKU #44532 | $38.05

 

 

100% Chardonnay grown on calcareous soil and blue marl in Escales.

~ 2019 VALDIGUIÉ PETILLANT ~

Ricetti Vineyard is located in Mendocino County, more specifically the Redwood Valley AVA. The Valdiguié plot was planted in 1960 and practices organic, conscious farming – no spraying of any pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers.

The grapes for this wine were foot-treaded and left to macerate on the skins for less than 1 day before pressing to stainless steel.  The juice was fermented until 18g/L of sugar remained, when it was cooled down for 2 weeks to stop fermentation before bottling.  The bottles were then left on the side for a long 11 months until they were disgorged by hand.

2019 BROC CELLARS VALDIGUIÉ PET NAT  12 x 750ml | SKU #44399 | $39.48

 

Got Grapes bottle shot

~ GOT GRAPES ~

Got Grapes is a crushable, chillable delicious drop of natural California sunshine. Started in 2017 that came to be because of a blended wine made accidentally during a hectic harvest. To their delight, it turned out to be something special. Since then, the Got Grapes label has gone on to release many different vintages of blended wines and single variety carbonic Valdiguié – each one has stood out from the rest in the cellar. Got Grapes bottlings are meant to be fresher and lighter wines that you can chill and enjoy year-round. This year’s Got Grapes comes from a mix of red barrels from the cellar ranging from 2018 through 2020. It is a multi-grape, multi-vintage, light, and chillable red – a Broc California table wine sourced from every vineyard and every grape they work with. Carignan, Mission, Valdiguié, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Pfeffer, Zinfandel. 12%. 

BROC CELLARS GOT GRAPES 12 x 750ml | SKU #44382 | $23.24

 

 

Broc Cellars Love Red Can

~ 2019 LOVE RED BOTTLE ~

Carignan, Valdiguié, and Syrah are sourced from North Coast vineyards in Mendocino County, and Solano County’s Green Valley area.  The vines are all 70+ years old and the vineyards are dry farmed, practicing certified and uncertified organic farming.

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 four 70 year-old dry-farmed vineyards. The Valdiguié and Syrah were fully whole-cluster fermented. The wine was aged in a combination of neutral French oak barrels and concrete tanks, with no SO2 added at bottling.

2018 BROC CELLARS LOVE RED 12 x 750ml | SKU #44520 | $26.65

 

 

Broc Cellars Love White

~ 2019 LOVE WHITE CAN ~

90% Chenin Blanc and 10% Chardonnay, direct pressed, fermented and aged in a combination of neutral French barrels, Austrian oak puncheons, and sandstone jars.  Elevage lasted for 11 months before bottling unfiltered.

The Chenin is sourced from Green Valley in Solano County, grafted onto what used to be Pinot Gris, while the Chardonnay is sourced from Michael Mara vineyard just west of Sonoma.

2019 BROC CELLARS LOVE WHITE 24 x 375Ml | SKU #44535 | $12.91

 

 

 

 

Broc Cellars Love Red Can

~ 2020 LOVE RED CAN ~

Carignan, Valdiguié, and Syrah are sourced from North Coast vineyards in Mendocino County, and Solano County’s Green Valley area.  The vines are all 70+ years old and the vineyards are dry-farmed, practicing certified and uncertified but always organic farming.

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 four 70 year-old dry-farmed vineyards. The Valdiguié and Syrah were fully whole-cluster fermented. The wine was aged in a combination of neutral French oak barrels and concrete tanks, with no SO2 added at bottling.

2019 BROC CELLARS LOVE RED 24 x 375Ml | SKU #44517 | $12.91  

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