Broc Cellars "Nouveau" Solano County Valdiguie 2020 - Berkeley, California
Varietals: 100% Valdiguie
This nouveau comes from a small amount of Valdiguié grapes that were picked with the intention of making rosé but then turned into a bright high acid red. Two thirds of the fruit was left as whole clusters and the remaining was de-stemmed and placed on top of the whole clusters as they fermented in tank. A small amount of carbonic takes place from the whole clusters. Aged in neutral French oak for 6 weeks. Bottled unfiltered and ready to drink now.
Broc Cellars was nothing more than an idea not that long ago, about making wines that were "site-specific". Where the wine's true character came from using only sustainably, organically, or biodynamically grown grapes from areas that most would consider marginal climates. Believing that vineyards develop ‘true’ character and complexity when they have to struggle to survive. This can come from many different aspects: a poor nutrient and water holding capacity, steep slopes, cool temperatures, or from old vines that are dry farmed. In the cellar, they try to continue this practice using minimal intervention, in an effort to let the grapes speak for themselves.