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Broc Cellars Solano County Le Clairet The Perfect Red 2020

Red Wine from California, United States
$20.99

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Le Clairet is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon with 5% Carignan (145 year old vines!) sourced from the iron-rich Wirth Vineyard in Solano County. They then de-stemmed most of the Cabernet leaving just a few whole clusters lining the bottom of the tank. After spontaneous fermentation, it is pressed off the skins rather early to minimize tannins. But as a testament to the quality of the fruit there is a lovely grip that provides the wine with structure and tension.

The Carignan is fermented carbonically, and then gets blended in right before bottling to add freshness. The result is a medium bodied charmer that is filled with chewy red fruits and soft herbs. It’s fresh and bright, pure and radiant with lively acidity and low tannins. Crisp and clean with no SO2 added at any point!

This is amongst our most popular Cali offerings and though we were able to lock down a decent chunk, they will go fast. This really is the perfect California red for just about any occasion and at this price it behooves you to grab a slew of bottles. Served with a little chill, this is as much at home on the holiday table as it is on a picnic blanket.

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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

    Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Vintage

    2020

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Style

    Aromatic , Fruity , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied

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