VARIETAL: Marsanne (46%), Grenache Blanc (38%), Roussanne (8%), Picpoul (8%)
VINEYARD: Grapes for the Love White come from Oscar Ramos’ vineyard – Love Ranch. Located 35 miles south of Yosemite National Park in Madera County. At 1,350 ft elevation, it’s not your normal Central Valley Vineyard. The soils are made up of granitic schist and are farmed without the use of pesticides. A large amount of leaves are left on the vines to protect against the heat, and a slightly larger crop is kept to disperse much of the sun’s energy to prevent the sugars from spiking and to help maintain the alcohols below 13%. Love Ranch is CCOF.
The Picpoul grapes come from vines that Broc grafted onto Roussanne vines at Love Ranch a few years ago. The cuttings came from Rorick Heritage Vineyard, a vineyard of historical importance located in the Sierra Foothills. The vines are own-rooted and were planted in 1974 in schist soils over a limestone bedrock by a previous owner, and the vineyard was purchased by Matthew Rorick and his family in 2013. Home to over 16 grape varieties, it is one of the few vineyards in California to present all the necessary elements for phenomenal grape growing. From the handful of soil types (schist, quartz, marble, limestone – to name a few) to the different exposures and elevations, Rorick Heritage Vineyard is providing fruit to many of California's top winemakers. The vine age, elevation, and rocky soils create incredibly low yielding vines with the tiniest of clusters. Matthew Rorick has converted all farming practices to organic.
VINIFICATION: The grapes were harvested in August to help preserve their natural acidity. All varieties were fermented separately then aged in neutral French oak barrels for 8 months with no S02. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to happen naturally.
At Broc Cellars, all of the wines are made using spontaneous fermentation, a process that means only using native yeasts and bacteria that exist on the grapes in order to make wine. Nothing is added – this includes nutrients, yeast, bacteria, enzymes, tannins or other popular fermentation agents. Sulphur is a naturally occurring element in all wine, the amount found can vary. Little to no S02 is added, depending on the wine and style.
1100 cases produced
TASTING NOTES: Fresh and lively. Aromas of lemon and pear combine with a medium-bodied, luscious palate. This wine is unfiltered and will contain some sediment.