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Broc Cellars North Coast Love Rose of Valdiguie 2021

Rosé Wine from California, United States
$24.99
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Chris Brockway's three Love Wines are a way to help keep a lot of very old vines and forgotten vineyards from going the way of the Dodo. He makes a red, a white and this superlative rosé.

This year the majority of the blend is 97% Valdiguie from Mendocino, a variety that was once widely planted throughout the state. So much so that it was known as Napa Gamay. This is why this might be the best iteration of this wine wine to date. Known for lifted aromatic and crisp acidity it is amongst the best varieties to make the pink stuff from. A bit of Zinfandel and Trousseau add texture. Tart watermelon, white flowers, golden berries and a lovely salinity are all present in a lithe and snappy frame.
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Chris Brockway is a 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 does not 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

  • Grape Variety

    Valdiguie

  • Vintage

    2021

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Natural

  • Style

    Aromatic , Fruity , Funky

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied

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