Broc Cellars Carignan, 2016

Broc Cellars Carignan, 2016

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Broc Cellars is a urban winery located in Berkeley, California. Winemaker Chris Brockway is acclaimed for his refined wines that show restraint. The fruit is allowed to bare its true soul. Chris Brockway founded Broc Cellars upon the idea of making wines that were “site specific” -- he wanted the wines’ true character to come from using only organically or biodynamically grown grapes from areas that most would consider marginal. In the cellar, he practices minimal intervention in an effort to let the grapes speak for themselves. Having saved a remarkable ancient vineyard from imminent “Cabernetification”, the team continues to nurture its 130+ year-old vines, capturing a character unfound in mere 120-year-old vineyards. An original field-planted block, these Carignan plants are interspersed with Palomino (white variety from Jerez), Zinfandel and Alicante (a rare black-fruited vine that produces some of the darkest juice on the planet). Its decomposed sandy soils make it impossible for the vine-pest phylloxera to survive, leaving these some of the last remaining self-rooted vines in the state. 85% Carignan, 10% Alicante, 4% Zinfandel, 1% Palomino. The whole clusters are transferred into 2 large concrete tanks. The berries remain intact and protected with a constant blanket of C02 until their native yeasts begin to ferment the grape sugars from the inside out. A slow mortification breaks down the color components in the skins, infusing the juice inside the still-unbroken berries with a vibrant red hue. When fully dry, it is pressed back into the concrete vessels for aging. Bottled after 6 months of aging. This wine shows the amazing depth of flavor from these rugged, ancient vines. The wine shows aromas and flavors of black fruits, pepper, licorice, and a distinct earthiness, with spicy and savory accents.

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