VARIETAL: 43% Marsanne, 28% Roussanne, 17% Grenache Blanc, 12% Picpoul
VINEYARD: Love Ranch
LOCATION: Madera Foothills, CA
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 700 cases
The grapes were harvested during the third week of August to help preserve the grape’s natural acidity. The grapes were co-fermented and aged in a combination of a 5-year-old 25hL Hungarian oval cask, 60gal barriques, 150gal puncheons, and 20-year-old 660gal German ovals for 8 months with no S02. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to happen naturally.
Grapes for the Love White come from our friend Oscar Ramos’ vineyard – Love Ranch. Located 35 miles south of Yosemite National Park in Madera County. At 1,350 ft elevation, it’s not your normal Central Valley Vineyard. The soils are made up of granitic schist and is farmed without the use of pesticides. We keep a large amount of leaves on the vines to protect against the heat. We also keep a slightly larger crop to disperse much of the sun’s energy to prevent the sugars from spiking and to help maintain the alcohols below 14%.
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.
There must be a person 21 or older present at the time of delivery.