The Wine: Amore Blendo 2020
Broc Cellars Amore Blendo is a red natural wine made from a blend of 52% Barbera, 24% Sauvignon Blanc, and 24% Primitivo grapes grown in Mendocino County, California.
Winemaker notes: "We picked all three varieties very early in the morning, all on the same day in early September, with a dark orange sky from the fires beginning to blaze all over California. We wanted to make a wine to release in the summer – a chillable easy-drinking light red. The Barbera, Sauvignon Blanc and Primitivo fermented together whole-cluster, layered alternating each variety until we reached the top of the tank and sealed it. True carbonic fermentation occurred. We pressed the wine to age in a 41 hL concrete tank, one of our sandstone terra cotta jars, and 2 neutral French oak barrels. This wine walks the line of being a dark rosé and fresh light red. We recommend chilling it down for warm weather enjoyment."
The Producer: Broc Cellars
At Broc Cellars, all of our wines are made using spontaneous fermentation, a process that means we only use native yeasts and bacteria that exist on the grapes in order to make wine. This is unlike many of the wines you will see in grocery stores or on wine shop shelves and in restaurants. We don’t add anything – 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. We add little to no S02, depending on the wine and style.
“Our goal in making wine is to bring out the natural expression of the grape. We decide on a wine by wine basis how we want to do that. We have more freedom now to make the choice not to add Sulphur. There is a bigger market for us to go in the direction we want to go. To counter that we are doing more to ensure our vineyards are using the farming practices we support. We’re also committed to detailing exactly what decisions we make during the course of our winemaking process.” – Chris Brockway
Over the past few years as the natural wine market has evolved we have been working with our partner vineyards on a plan to ensure by 2019 over 95% of the grapes that we work with will be grown without using synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or fertilizers. The decision to keep sourcing from the 5% of vineyards that have some exposure to these things is complicated and has a lot to do with how much we value the beauty of the fruit, the varieties that come from these vineyards, and the unique challenges of farming the areas where those grapes are grown. We have detailed any exposure in the specific wine’s notes. (source: Broc Cellars)
The Region: Mendocino County