If you are looking for a highly quaffable wine for around $20, look no further than Broc Cellars Love Red “Part Deux”. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the winery, Broc Cellars is an urban winery with a tasting room in Berkeley producing seriously good, minimally manipulated wines.
The newly released “Part Deux” version of Love Red is a blend of 83% Carignan, 14% Valdiguie, and 3% Petite Sirah from Frei Vineyard in Solano County. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and then racked down to 20 year-old 600L German casks for 10 months. Native yeast fermentation, unfined, and lightly filtered.
Love Red “Part Deux” is incredibly bright and vibrant. The palate is flavorful yet light with tastes of red berries and spicy anise. With plentiful acidity and a juicy finish, I could drink this wine all day. Grab a couple of bottles while this wine lasts! (13% alcohol, MSRP $20)
Ever have one of those nights where you are lucky enough to have a whole bottle of wine to yourself that you just can’t pull away from? This was the case for me last weekend when I opened up a bottle of 2012 Broc Cellars Carignan. I am a big fan of Broc Cellars and ran across the newly released Carignan at a local wine store in LA. I grabbed a bottled, poured a glass when I got home, and then soon after poured another one!
100% Carignan from Alexander Valley in Sonoma. Partial carbonic maceration. Native yeast fermentation. 12.8% alcohol with a retail price of around $22.
The aromas of this Carignan are really enticing. There are bright notes of sweet cranberries and raspberries surrounded with floral elements. The palate instantly won be over with fresh, vivid flavors of strawberries, cranberries, and raspberries There are also hints of white pepper and a bit of earthiness. This is everything I am looking for in a Carignan. Pure, lively, and really hard to stop sipping!