Our Vine Starr Zinfandel has been lauded by drinkers and critics alike as a multi-dimensional restrained Zinfandel that re-imagines what you come to expect from the California varietal.
Tasting Notes: White pepper, cranberry, spice
VINEYARD: Arrowhead Mountain + Buck Hill Vineyard
LOCATION: Sonoma Valley + Fountain Grove
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 479 cases
Label Art Evolution
Our Vine Starr has been with us since the beginning, including the recognizable red vine label. It is now one of our most notable wines having been featuring in the book New California Wine by Jon Bonné, written about extensively in other publications, and exported worldwide. As we adapt and change, it became clear that now was the time to have our label artis, Marta Elise Johansen, reimagine the art on our flagship wine. We are so happy with her vision of Vine Starr!
The wine has evolved from our first vintage in 2006 when it was a red blend of Zinfandel and Syrah. In 2009, we were fortunate to source from both Arrowhead and Buck Hill Vineyards in Sonoma County which allowed Vine Starr to be 100% Zinfandel. A number of vintages have contained an even 50/50 split of grapes from both vineyards, however this year a confluence of factors led to a rare 70% Arrowhead Vineyard Zinfandel (the fruit tends to be lighter, with more red berry flavor) and 30% Buck Hill (deeper, more earth toned fruit) that had a lower yield as a result of fire damage to the vineyard in previous years. The demand for fresher wines with old world appeal is great, so we took inspiration from where the Beaujolais and Northern Rhone meet. We always harvest early to highlight acidity and fresh fruit but for 2019 we left 30% whole cluster and put 70% destemmed fruit on top. We fermented in 5-ton stainless steel tanks and aged the wine for 10 months in neutral French oak barrels. The result is a delightful, uplifted version of Vine Starr you are sure to enjoy.
The 2019 blend is 70% Arrowhead and 30% Buck Hill. Both vineyards have volcanic soil – Arrowhead with red volcanic rock and Buck Hill with white terraced volcanic soil. Arrowhead vines are planted on a steep 50 degree sloped hillside. Both vineyards farm using no chemicals, pesticides, herbicides or sulfur. Buck Hill is located in Fountain Grove just outside of Santa Rosa and Arrowhead just above the town of Sonoma.
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.
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