Counoise, 2016

By Broc Cellars

  • Appellation: Mendocino
  • Region: California
  • Country: United States
  • Colour: Red
  • Grape Varieties:
  • Vessel type: Wood - Other (e.g. acacia, cherry etc.)
  • Unfined.
  • Unfiltered.
  • No added sulphites.

Notes on additives, aids & processing used:

  • No temperature control.
  • Total Sulphites: 0 mg/L
  • This wine is fermented spontaneously.
  • Other Information:Harvested at 21.9 Brix, Counoise is always our last varietal to come into the winery. Displaying medium-sized berried on large clusters, it’s also one of the heaviest. 100% destemmed fruit, fermented in 5-ton open top wood troniques. Aged for 10 months in old 600-1200L German oak casks. Counoise is mostly used as a blending varietal in the wines of the Southern Rhone. We initially were planning to blend it as well, but Eaglepoint Ranch’s Counoise is unique from what’s typically seen from what little plantings there are in the state. A mediumbodied wine with nice acid & white pepper on the finish. VITICULTURAL AREA: Eaglepoint Ranch is located 1,800 ft elevation on the Mayacamas Mountain Range. Planted in 2007 to roughly 4 acres from clonal material at Tablas Creek. Soils are typically thin mountain soils but rich in iron. Rocky with low yields. Farmed organically.

About Broc Cellars

California, United States

Broc Cellars was nothing more than an idea not that long ago, an idea about making wines that were “site specific”. Where the wines’ true character came from using only organically or biodynamically grown grapes from areas that most would consider marginal. Believing that vineyards develop “True” character and complexity when they have to struggle to survive. In the cellar, we try to continue this practice using minimal intervention, in an effort to let the grapes speak for themselves.

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