BROC CELLARS

Chris Brockway is the owner and winemaker at Broc Cellars. His ultimate goal is to work with organically or biodynamically farmed fruit from vineyards in unexplored or forgotten Californian appellations. He isn’t shy about using heritage or unorthodox grapes. His winemaking practices are minimal, often avoiding sulphur right until bottling and letting everything ferment via natural yeasts.

2016 CHENIN BLANC PET-NAT

Shell Creek Vineyard is planted in eastern Paso Robles. It has been farmed by the Sinton Family since the 1800s. The 45 year old vines are farmed organically on sandy soils with a calcareous bedrock. The grapes are pressed whole cluster into stainless steel where it ferments until there is 15 g/l of residual sugar. It is then chilled and put into bottle to continue fermenting. It spends four months on lees and is then disgorged; sans dosage. 11.5% ABV

(400 Cases Produced) 791280

2017 LOVE ROSÉ

The grapes for this cuvée come from three different vineyards. Solano Vineyard organically farms Valdiguié vines on sandy loam. This comprises 90% of the blend. Arrowhead Mountain Vineyard provides organic Zinfandel from 20-year-old vines planted on volcanic rock in Sonoma. This makes up 8% of the blend. The final component comes from Wirth Vineyard in Suisun. Here, Trousseau vines are planted on sandy loam. After destemming and delicate pressing, all three grapes ferment together in stainless steel at cool temperatures for a month. It is bottled shortly after new-years. 11% ABV

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2016 FREI VINEYARD CHENIN BLANC

Frei Vineyards contains 65-year-old, dry farmed Chenin Blanc vines. The soils here are acidic and composed mostly of Conejo loam. Its climate is almost identical to that of Carneros, but its lower altitude results in more fog. The grapes are whole-cluster pressed into neutral barrel. After malolactic conversion and an extended stay on lees it is bottled. 12% ABV

(200 Cases Produced) 798301

2016 LOVE RED

The grapes for this cuvée come from 50-70-year-old, head trained, dry farmed vines in Green Valley. A small amount of Syrah was also sourced for neighboring Wirth Ranch. Carignan (54%), Valdiguié (15%), and Syrah (31%), were de-stemmed and fermented in a 5-ton open-top fermenter. As with all their wines, a small amount of Sulphur was added four weeks before bottling. 13% ABV

(1500 Cases Produced) 786985

2017 LOVE WHITE

Steve and Diane Love started Love Ranch back in 1994. Their sustainably farmed Rhone grape varieties in the Madera Foothills form the perfect base for the Love White. This year they’ve added Grenache Blanc to the mix, which adds freshness and delicacy. The vineyard is at 1350 feet above sea-level on granitic schist. The grapes are harvested at the end of August to maintain acidity. All four grape varieties are co-fermented in a combination of twenty-five hectoliter Hungarian oak, barriques, puncheons, and German halbstück. After eight months, the wine is bottled with minimal Sulphur. 13% ABV

(800 Cases Produced) 786984

2017 BROC CELLARS GRENACHE GRIS

2017 GRENACHE GRIS

Gibson Ranch in McDowell Valley, Mendocino, has a small plot of hundred-year-old Grenache Gris vines. They believe some of the vines mutated from Grenache Noir but it’s hard to tell. The soils here are sand and sandy-loam. The grapes were crushed by foot and the skins macerated with the juice for eight hours. It was then pressed off into stainless steel for a day of settling. After a quick racking, the juice was put into neutral puncheon for fermentation and malolactic conversion. No Sulphur was used until bottling. 12% ABV

(150 Cases Produced) 803858

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2017 AMORE BIANCO

This is Chris’s first experience working with Tocai Friulano, a grape hailing from Northern Italy. Lowell Stone planted this variety at Fox Hill Vineyard in Mendocino twenty years ago on sandy loam soils. The grapes were whole cluster pressed into flex tank where spontaneous fermentation took place. After a short élevage the wine is bottled. 12% ABV

(126 Cases Produced) 803856