This vintage is already showing signs of sophistication with deep dark fruits, hints of cocoa and fine tannins. This grape - and wine - is foundational to Broc’s history. We’ve made it since 2013, when it intrigued us with what amazing fruit Fox Hill Vineyard in Mendocino can produce. So much so – we purchased the vineyard earlier this year. For us, everything about this wine is special. Nero d’Avola vines are rare sights in California. We are lucky to have Fox Hill Vineyard, where Nero is thriving among the rocky redvine soil. The native Sicilian grape grows well in California soils and especially at Fox Hill where the days quickly grow hot on the exposed rocky hillsides. This vintage was fermented in stainless steel tank, pressed and aged in neutral French oak barrique and a small amount in amphora for 10 months. We recommend aging 10-15 years.
Old World influence meets California terroir. This wine is bursting with food-friendly acidity and fruit that’s ready for dinner tonight, with a playful intensity and tannin structure that can handle light aging. Typically, we tuck the Sangiovese into our Amore Rosso, but this year we let it shine on its own. This is a mix of Sangiovese Piccolo (smaller berries) and Grosso (much larger berries) that grow at Fox Hill Vineyard. They thrive in the hilly, rocky soil and climate that mirrors its Tuscan homeland. We harvested the Sangiovese early to preserve its acidity. We fermented it in stainless steel tank, pressed and then aged in neutral French oak barrique for nine months. Unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Raspberry tea, black currant, white pepper
Our inspiration for Vine Starr comes from where the Beaujolais and Northern Rhone meet. The wine has evolved from our first vintage in 2006 when it was a blend of Zinfandel and Syrah. It’s been 100% Zinfandel since 2009, when we blended varieties from two sites in Sonoma – Arrowhead and Buck Hill Vineyards. The goal with the blend is always to make the best Zinfandel from our best barrels across the two vineyards. This year’s consists of nearly half Arrowhead and half Buck Hill. We always harvest the Zinfandel early to highlight acidity and fresh fruit. This vintage, we destemmed the fruit and allowed native fermentation to occur in stainless steel tanks. After pressing we aged the wine for 10 months in neutral French oak barrels. The result is a delightful, uplifted version of Zinfandel you are sure to enjoy. This wine has aging potential. We recommend drinking between now and 2028.
VARIETIES: 100% Zinfandel
VINEYARD: Arrowhead Mountain Vineyard and Buck Hill Vineyard
A great expression of old heritage vines from Wirth Ranch we’ve harvested since 2011. With older and dry farmed vine plantings, you get more complexity, depth and structure, which we love! The outcome is darker fruit with lifting acidity. This year’s Valdiguié has a luscious deep plum and elegant structure. This is a wine that stands out from the rest with the ability to slightly age. Wirth Ranch is located in the heart of Solano County’s Green Valley, between Napa and Suisun Valley. The dry-farmed Valdiguié vines from Wirth Ranch were originally planted in 1948 and grow deep in the steep-sloped, iron-rich soils farmed organically by Steve Wirth. Destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks, when the wine was ready, we gently pressed into two neutral barriques to age for 10 months.
FUN FACT: Valdiguié is still known as Napa Gamay to many farmers in California.
Tasting Notes: White strawberry, crisp pear on the nose, salt-rimmed paloma, citrus pith and papaya on the palate.
This is one cheeky rosé – and we’re not talking about the sartorial nature of its name. Although the Zinfandel grapes come from Arrowhead Mountain Vineyard, the same vineyard as our Vine Starr, they have a characteristic all their own because of where they sit – high atop the mountain catching lots of sun. For this reason, we pick the grapes much earlier and love their balanced bright acid and softer palate. This vintage is a more captivating rosé that has an inviting acid structure and alluring paloma-like quality. We added Trousseau Gris, a new grape for us from the Cole Ranch AVA. The Trousseau Gris spent 10 days on skins before it was pressed into stainless steel tank to ferment and age in a single neutral French oak barrique. We brought in the Zinfandel grapes and foot-stomped whole cluster and macerated for several hours before being pressed into stainless steel tank to ferment and age. We blended the two together two weeks before bottling because, together, they brought out each other’s best qualities.
FUN FACT: Our first vintage of this same blend was in 2019. We loved the results and were waiting for the perfect time – and vineyard – to do it again.
VARIETIES: 90% Zinfandel | 10% Trousseau Gris
VINEYARD: North Coast
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 229 cases
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