Broc Cellars, Mendocino Counoise, Eaglepoint Ranch, 2017

$26.99

It's a bit of a mystery why Counoise is considered a blending grape. As this bottle shows, its has its own unique qualities. Dark fruit on the nose complemented by wild sage and eucalyptus. Fresh and stewed red raspberries and blackberries along with animal/savory flavors are balanced by assertive acid and white pepper on the palate. From tagines to barbecue, this wines versatility is endless.

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Broc Cellars

We are beginning to feel as though we’re sounding like a broken record, but Chris Brockway is another winemaker who is making wine the way it has been made for centuries. No additives, no pesticides, no added yeast, no herbicides, nothing but the grapes and whatever yeast is on them. Chris is simply making fermented grape juice, a.k.a. wine.

Brockway checks all the "New California" boxes: he makes his wines in Southwest Berkeley, uses minimal intervention techniques, and sources fruit from obscure grapes grown in out of the way places. Chris, though, is actually part of a very long and noble winemaking tradition, and he certainly doesn’t seek out the obscure for the sake of being obscure. As quoted in an Eric Asimov article from a few years ago that put his wines on the map:

“I’m not trying to out-weird anybody or obscure anybody,” he said. “We’re trying to get back to a more traditional conception of what wine used to be. Also, we like to drink wine, so lower alcohol is important.”

Details

  • Country

    United States

  • Region

    California

  • Grape Variety

    Other Red Grape

  • Vintage

    2017

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Natural

  • Style

    Fruity , Juicy , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied