Broc cellars

BERKLEY, CALIFORNIA

Broc Cellars

 

 

Berkeley, California
Chris Brockway –

Chris Brockway began making wine in California in 2004, and has been producing exclusively under his own labels 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 winegrowing 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. 

Broc Cellars Love Red Can

~ 2019 LOVE RED CANS ~

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 | available

 

Broc Cellars Love White

~ 2019 LOVE WHITE CANS ~

Marsanne, Picpoul, Rousanne, and Grenache Blanc are all sourced from the Love Ranch Vineyard in Madera Foothills.  At 1300 feet in elevation, it is not your normal Central Valley vineyard. The soils are made up of granitic schist. A large amount of leaves are kept on the vines to protect against heat; likewise, the crop is kept slightly larger to disperse much of the sun’s energy and prevent the sugars from spiking, helping maintain the alcohol below 13%. Love Ranch is certified organic.

The grapes were harvested in August to help preserve their natural acidity. All varieties were fermented separately then aged in neutral French oak barrels for 8 months with no S02. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to happen naturally, and the wine is not filtered.

2019 BROC CELLARS LOVE WHITE 24 x 375Ml | SKU #44535 | $12.91 | available
Broc Cellars Love White

~ 2019 LOVE WHITE ~

Marsanne, Picpoul, Rousanne, and Grenache Blanc are all sourced from the Love Ranch Vineyard in Madera Foothills.  At 1300 feet in elevation, it is not your normal Central Valley vineyard. The soils are made up of granitic schist. A large amount of leaves are kept on the vines to protect against heat; likewise, the crop is kept slightly larger to disperse much of the sun’s energy and prevent the sugars from spiking, helping maintain the alcohol below 13%. Love Ranch is CCOF.

The grapes were harvested in August to help preserve their natural acidity. All varieties were fermented separately then aged in neutral French oak barrels for 8 months with no S02. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to happen naturally, and the wine is not filtered.

2019 BROC CELLARS LOVE WHITE 12 x 750ml | SKU #44523 | $26.65 | available
Broc Cellars Love Red Can

~ 2019 LOVE RED ~

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.

2019 BROC CELLARS LOVE RED 12 x 750ml | SKU #44520 | $26.65 | available
Happi Chenin Blanc Broc Cellars

~ 2018 HAPPI CHENIN BLANC ~

The Chenin Blanc was sourced from Frei Vineyard in Solano County’s Green Valley.  This is their third vintage working with these vines, which were recently grafted onto original Pinot Gris plantings.  Cuttings for the Chenin Blanc were sourced from 1979 plantings at Story Vineyard in Amador County.

The grapes were direct pressed, fermented and aged in neutral French barrels and sandstone jars for 10 months with a full malolactic conversion.  Bottled unfiltered.

2018 BROC CELLARS HAPPI CHENIN BLANC  12 x 750ml | SKU #44526 | $30.93 | AVAILABLE
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 | AVAILABLE
Broc Cellars Amore Bianco

~ 2019 AMORE BIANCO ~

Tocai Fruilano for this wine comes from the Fox Hill vineyard in Mendocino County – this vineyard also supplies their Nero d’Avola grapes, which got Chris started on Italian varieties.  The vineyard is located between Hopland and Ukiah, and soils there are mostly loose sandstone, with other rocks, pebbles, and chunks of quartz dispersed throughout.

Grapes were skin-fermented in a mix of stainless steel tanks and sandstone jars.  Wine from the stainless tanks was pressed into neutral French barrels for 8 months of elevage, while the wine from sandstone jars was pressed off and racked back into sandstone.  This wine was blended and bottled unfiltered to showcase natural textures and special characteristics including subtle, fine tannins, and awakening acidity.

2019 BROC CELLARS AMORE BIANCO  12 x 750ml | SKU #44357 | $35.22 | AVAILABLE
100% Chardonnay grown on calcareous soil and blue marl in Escales.

~ 2018 VINE STARR ZINFANDEL ~

Half of the fruit was sourced from Arrowhead Mountain in Sonoma, with the other half coming from Buck Hill Vineyard in the Russian River AVA.  Both of these vineyards have volcanic soils, and practice low intervention farming with zero chemical or sulphur inputs.

Picked at low brix to highlight acidity, nerve, and fresh red fruits, with essential aromatics of bramble-brush and spice to remind us what we’re drinking, but the palate, alive with fresh mouth-watering acidity and subtle nuances of fruit are a departure from the expected.  This is a delicate version of the often-maligned Zinfandel. 100% destemmed and fermented in 5-ton stainless steel tanks. Aged for 10 months in neutral French oak barrels.

2018 BROC CELLARS VINE STARR ZINFANDEL  12 x 750ml | SKU #44394 | $39.50 | AVAILABLE 
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 | AVAILABLE
100% Chardonnay grown on calcareous soil and blue marl in Escales.

~ 2018 AMORE ROSSO ~

Sangiovese for this wine is sourced from the Yorkville Highlands in Mendocino.  The vines are 22 years old and grow on a steep slope in rocky, iron-rich soil composed of sandy loam. There is no use of chemicals, pesticides, or herbicides in the vineyard.

The fruit was destemmed and tipped into stainless fermentation tanks, where they sat and macerated for 2 weeks before a gentle press into neutral French barrels.  Amore Rosso is the Italian sibling to their Love Red wine, great chilled and better with pizza.

2018 BROC CELLARS amore rosso  12 x 750ml | SKU #44379 | $35.22 | AVAILABLE
Koukou Cab Franc

~ 2019 KOUKOU CABERNET FRANC ~

This Cabernet Franc is grown at the Santa Ynez Vineyard in Santa Barbara County. Despite the warm days, there’s a large diurnal shift at night which helps keep the natural acidity and freshness of the grapes. Planted mostly on serpentine soils that are composed of loam/clay loam with varying amounts of chert. The vineyard farms consciously and organically but they aren’t certified.

Fresh, light, chillable, and easy-drinking. The whole grape clusters were brought into the winery and placed in concrete tank to ferment for 14 days, where they were foot stomped in the mornings and pumped over in the evenings. After that, the juice was gently pressed back into concrete tanks for 10 months of elevage.

2019 BROC CELLARS KOUKOU  12 x 750ml | SKU #44360 | $35.22 | AVAILABLE
Broc Cellars The Badger

~ 2018 NERO D’AVOLA “THE BADGER” ~

There’s a tiny amount of Nero d’Avola growing in California, and Fox Hill Vineyard in Mendocino is one of the few places where it’s growing and thriving.  The vines are approx 20+ years old, and farmed by Sam Bilbro and Evan Lewandowski who work without the use of pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, or synthetics, while making use of cover crops to fix the soils and control weed growth.

The 2018 Nero d’Avola was entirely fermented and aged in amphora.  The wine was left in contact with the grape skins for several months, before being basket pressed back to that same amphora in January 2019.  The wine aged for another 8 months before bottling.
2018 BROC CELLARS NERO D’AVOLA  12 x 750ml | SKU #44391 | $42.71 | AVAILABLE

 

 

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