Broc Cellars Love Red 2021
Grape varietal & region: 72% Carignan, 20% Valdiguié and 8% Syrah. The grapes come from 70+ year-old vines in Solano County’s Green Valley and Mendocino County. Wirth Vineyard is in Solano County’s Green Valley, an area between Napa and Suisun Valley. Both Rosewood and Ricetti Vineyard are in Mendocino. The grapes of each vineyard grow in sandy loam soils and come from dry-farmed and head-pruned vines. Wirth Vineyard practices non-certified organic farming. Ricetti and Rosewood are both certified organic.
Taste profile: Broc Cellars Love Red is a blend of Carignan, Valdiguié and Syrah. The Carignan delivers blue fruit flavours in the wine. Valdiguié brings out the brightness and lifting acidity. Syrah holds it together, adding depth and structure. An extremely pretty and approachable red. Fruity and floral nose with aromas of plum, blueberry and lavender. Fresh and light palate without being boring, has soft tannins, a nice acidity and good weight. Fruit-driven flavours of crunchy red currant, strawberry, red cherry, plum and blackberry with a slight earthy touch. Closes with a serious spicy fruit finish.
Winemaking process: Early harvesting of Love Red grapes to highlight the fruit and preserve the acidity. The Carignan is a combination of whole cluster and destemmed fruit from three 70 year-old dry-farmed vineyards in Northern California. The Valdiguié is 100% whole cluster and the Syrah is mostly destemmed. The wine ages in a combination of neutral French oak barrels and concrete tanks.