Keep it natural, baby.
VARIETIES : 100% Sangiovese
LOCATION : Mendocino County
VINEYARD : Fox Hill Vineyard
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 838 cases
WINEMAKER’S NOTES :
For 2019, we tried something new. We brought the grapes in whole cluster to ferment in stainless tanks. After 2 weeks, we pressed into a combination of sandstone jars and neutral French oak barrels to age. The Sangiovese comes in each year as one of the most expressive grapes throughout harvest - showing beautiful aromas of cinnamon and clove. Amore Rosso is a play on words with our Love Red - the Italian sister. We wanted to make a chillable, accessible, high acid, natural and food friendly (pizza) wine!
VITICULTURAL AREA :
Fox Hill Vineyard holds a special place for us at Broc. We first ventured into Italian varieties when we began making our “Badger” wine from the site – our Nero D’Avola. Then came Amore Bianco and Amore Rosso! We are looking to experiment with other varieties for this upcoming 2020 harvest. The vineyard is located between Hopland and Ukiah. The soil is mostly sandstone, with many rocks and pebbles – quartz is everywhere as well. There is no use of synthetics, chemicals, pesticides or herbicides in the vineyard.
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.
Broc Cellars was nothing more than an idea not that long ago, about making wines that were “site specific”. Where the wines 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: poor nutrient and water holding capacity, steep slopes, cool temperatures, or from old vines that are dry farmed. In the cellar we try to continue this practice using minimal intervention, in an effort to let the grapes speak for themselves.
They are a ‘low wattage’ winery in the sense that we have very little modern equipment. Grapes are pitchforked whole-cluster into the fermenters, fermentation is allowed to happen spontaneously, all wines are basket pressed, with little/no sulphur used in our wines until bottling. True asphalt winemaking, in an urban winery.
Katie and Denny
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