Owner/winemaker Chris Brockway based his "urban winery" in the industrial section of Berkley rather than an underground cellar. His tanks and barrels are in a warehouse and rather than owning vineyards, Chris buys his fruit. Originally a Philosophy major from Nebraska, Chris has built a chic city winery, complete with spacious tasting room. One side of Broc Cellars is filled with tanks, barrels, and wine being made with fruit sourced from twelve different California vineyards. The other side sports a minimalist, Japanese-feeling barroom lined with wine bottles, art, and gorgeous woodworking that provides seating indoor and out.
There are three different labels under the Broc Cellars umbrella, and the Love label is designed to be their most affordable while still supporting the winery's vision of minimal intervention and sustainable farming. Employing only native yeasts and bacteria for fermentation with no additives or adjuncts, Chris now makes some of California's most distinctive wines in the new California Wine Movement that transcend the new world/old world framework. The 2017 Broc Love Red is a blend from 70-year-old-vines: 50% Carignan, 36% Vadiguie, 8% Syrah and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes of each vineyard grow in clay loam soils and come from mostly dry-farmed and head-pruned vines. The Love Red grapes were harvested in the second week of September to preserve the grape's natural acidity: the Carignan and Syrah were both whole cluster fermented and destemmed in concrete and stainless tanks and the Valdiguié went under carbonic fermentation in stainless steel then aged for eight months in concrete and neutral French oak barrels. The result is a vibrant spectrum of mixed berries, plum, dried lavender and crispy pan fond in a tremendously well-crafted wine - made without any acid adjustments, a minimal sulfur addition, and wonderfully refreshing 12.5% alcohol. Serve with a slight chill then pair with a colorful cheese board and your favorite charcuterie.